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Sri Lanka Mulls April 15 Public Holiday

Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs (Colombo)
Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013

The Sri Lankan Administration Minister, John Seneviratne, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government was considering declaring Monday, April 15, 2013, as a one-off additional public holiday throughout Sri Lanka.

As per the aforementioned announcement, Monday, April 15, 2013, would be declared a one-off public holiday throughout Sri Lanka because the 2 annual public holidays for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year both fall on a weekend in 2012.

Note that, for the moment, Monday, April 15, 2013, is listed only as a bank holiday, in the list of official bank holidays in Sri Lanka for the calendar year 2013, released by Sri Lanka Banks' Association, last fall (2012-10-16), but not as a public holiday (2012-06-11).

In Sri Lanka, generally, public holidays which fall on the weekend do not give rise to a compensatory public holiday on the following Monday, though it is generally the case for bank holidays, however when 2-day public holidays both fall on a weekend, an extra ad hoc public holiday has been declared in the past (2012-05-01).

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