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Sri Lankan April 15 Public Holiday Declared

Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs (Colombo)
Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014


The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided to declare April 15, 2014, once again as a one-off additional public holiday throughout Sri Lanka.

This year the reason for declaring April 15 as a one-off additional public holiday throughout Sri Lanka is that "Sinhala and Tamil New year falls on April 13 and 14 which is a Sunday and Monday respectively".

Last year (2013-03-29, 2012-06-11 and 2012-10-16) the Sri Lankan Government declared 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 fell on a weekend in 2013.

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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