Sri Lanka Public Holidays 2017Today – 24 August 2017 – is not a holiday in Sri Lanka.
This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|12 Jan||Thu||Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day|
|14 Jan||Sat||Tamil Thai Pongal Day|
|4 Feb||Sat||National Day|
|10 Feb||Fri||Navam Full Moon Poya Day|
|24 Feb||Fri||Mahasivarathri Day|
|12 Mar||Sun||Madin Full Moon Poya Day|
|10 Apr||Mon||Bak Full Moon Poya Day|
|13 Apr||Thu||Day prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|14 Apr||Fri||Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day|
|1 May||Mon||May Day|
|10 May||Wed||Vesak Full Moon Poya Day|
|11 May||Thu||Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day|
|8 Jun||Thu||Poson Full Moon Poya Day|
|26 Jun||Mon||Id Ul-Fitr|
|8 Jul||Sat||Esala Full Moon Poya Day|
|7 Aug||Mon||Nikini Full Moon Poya Day|
|1 Sep||Fri||Id Ul-Alha|
|5 Sep||Tue||Binara Full Moon Poya Day|
|5 Oct||Thu||Vap Full Moon Poya Day|
|3 Nov||Fri||Ill Full Moon Poya Day|
|1 Dec||Fri||Milad un-Nabi|
|3 Dec||Sun||Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
Sri Lanka observes national holidays including New Year’s Day; Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad);Tamil Thai Pongal Day; National Day; Mahashivrate; Sinhala and Tamil New Year; Labour Day; Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the end of Ramadan; Eid al-Adha Feast of Sacrifice and Christmas Day. Time off may be allowed for celebrations of national and regional festivals. As festivals are not considered official national holidays, entitlement to time off is generally at the discretion of the employer.
Sri Lanka also celebrates Full Moon Poya Days as national holidays. Every worker in Sri Lanka is entitled to a paid holiday on every Full Moon Poya Day, which amounts to 12 days per calendar year. If an employee is required to work on a Full Moon Poya Day, he or she is entitled to compensation amounting to not less than one and one-half times the normal wage. In addition, workers are entitled to paid time off for Festival holidays, usually amounting to 16 days per year.