National Holidays in Sri Lanka in 2023

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 2023

Day Date Holiday Name Type Comments
Friday Duruthu Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Sunday Tamil Thai Pongal Day National Holiday
Monday Special Bank Holiday Holiday Not A Public Holiday Banks
Saturday National Day National Holiday
Sunday Navam Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Saturday Mahasivarathri Day National Holiday
Monday Madin Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Wednesday Bak Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Friday Good Friday National Holiday
Thursday Sinhala and Tamil New Year Eve National Holiday Puthandu
Friday Sinhala and Tamil New Year National Holiday Puthandu
Saturday Id-Ul-Fitr National Holiday Ramazan Festival Day
Monday Labour Day National Holiday International Workers' Day
Friday Vesak Full Moon Poya National Holiday Birth of Buddha
Saturday Vesak Full Moon Poya Holiday National Holiday
Saturday Poson Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Thursday Idul Adha National Holiday Hajjhi Festival Day
Monday Esala Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Tuesday Nikini Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Wednesday Adhi Nikini Full Moon Poya National Holiday Second full moon in August
Thursday Milad-Un-Nabi National Holiday Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
Friday Binara Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Saturday Vap Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Sunday Deepavali Festival Day National Holiday Dewali
Sunday Ill Full Moon Poya National Holiday
Monday Christmas Day National Holiday
Tuesday Unduvap Full Moon Poya National Holiday
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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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