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Sri Lankan Public Holiday April 15

Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs (Colombo)
Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2013


The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, W.D.J. Senevirathne, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had finally decided to declare Monday, April 15, 2013, as a one-off additional public holiday throughout Sri Lanka.

Earlier this week (2013-03-29), following this week's Cabinet meeting, the Sri Lankan Administration Minister, John Seneviratne, had announced that the Sri Lankan Government was considering declaring Monday, April 15, 2013, as 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 2013.

Note that, until today, Monday, April 15, 2013, had been 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).

As per the Secretary of the Ministry, a Gazette notification to declare April 15 a special Public Holiday will be issued on Monday.


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