National Holidays in Sri Lanka in 2021

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Public Holidays on this island nation are dominated by the Poya. These holidays are observed on every full moon. Each Poya marks a significant event for Buddhists. While the dates generally match the date of the full moons, the Sri Lankan Government may shift the holidays by a day or so, so check back here for the latest dates.


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List of Holidays in Sri Lanka in 2021

Day Date Holiday Name Type Comments
Thursday Tamil Thai Pongal Day National Holiday
Thursday Duruthu Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Thursday National Day National Holiday
Friday Navam Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Thursday Mahasivarathri Day National Holiday
Sunday Madin Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Friday Good Friday National Holiday
Monday Sinhala and Tamil New Year Holiday Government Holiday Puthandu
Tuesday Sinhala and Tamil New Year Eve National Holiday Puthandu
Wednesday Sinhala and Tamil New Year National Holiday Puthandu
Monday Bak Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Saturday Labour Day National Holiday International Workers' Day
Friday Id-Ul-Fitr National Holiday Ramazan Festival Day
Monday Special Public Holiday Government Holiday
Tuesday Special Public Holiday Government Holiday
Wednesday Vesak Full Moon Poya National Holiday Birth of Buddha
Thursday Vesak Full Moon Poya Holiday National Holiday
Thursday Poson Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Wednesday Idul Adha National Holiday Hajjhi Festival Day
Friday Esala Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Sunday Nikini Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Monday Binara Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Tuesday Milad-Un-Nabi National Holiday Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
Wednesday Vap Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Thursday Deepavali Festival Day National Holiday Dewali
Thursday Ill Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Saturday Unduvap Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Saturday Christmas Day National Holiday

Notes

  • Each Full Moon is a public holiday. If the full moon falls on a weekend, the holiday is not moved
  • All Public Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays are Bank Holidays.

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