Sri Lanka Public Holidays 2019


 
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Sri Lanka bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 6 months of 2019, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Sri Lanka Public Holidays in 2019 Observance*
Jan. 15 Tue Tamil Thai Pongal Day
     20 Sun Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
Feb.  4 Mon National Day (Independence Day)
     19 Tue Navam Full Moon Poya Day
Mar.  4 Mon Mahasivarathri Day
     20 Wed Madin Full Moon Poya Day
Apr. 13 Sat Sinhala & Tamil New Year's Eve
     14 Sun Sinhala & Tamil New Year (Aluth Avurudda)
     15 Mon Special Bank Holiday (Sinhala & Tamil New Year) Banks
     19 Fri Good Friday
     19 Fri Bak Full Moon Poya Day
May   1 Wed May Day
     18 Sat Vesak Full Moon Poya Day
     19 Sun Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day
     20 Mon Special Bank and Public Holiday (Vesak) Banks
June  5 Wed Id-ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day)
     16 Sun Poson Full Moon Poya Day
July    Tue Esala Full Moon Poya Day
Aug.    Mon Id-Ul-Alha (Hadji Festival Day)
        Wed Nikini Full Moon Poya Day
Sep.    Fri Binara Full Moon Poya Day
Oct.    Sun Vap Full Moon Poya Day
        Sun Deepavali Festival Day
Nov.    Sun Milad-Un-Nabi (Holy Prophet's Birthday)
        Mon Special Bank Holiday (Milad-Un-Nabi) (full day) Banks
        Tue Ill Full Moon Poya Day
Dec.    Wed Unduwap Full Moon Poya Day
        Wed Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

28 Oct 2018 Sri Lankan Rules-Out October 29 Public Holiday (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Government Information Department has issued a special statement ruling-out the declaration of Monday, October 29, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka.  27 Aug 2018 Sri Lankan 2019 Bank Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka Banks' Association, via the Sri Lankan Minister of Home Affairs, Wajira Abeywardena, has released its annual list of the official bank holidays in Sri Lanka for the upcoming calendar year 2019, in line with, but expanding upon, the official list of annual Sri Lankan public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2019, as published earlier this summer.  01 Jul 2018 Sri Lankan 2019 Public Holidays Announced (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Minister of Home Affairs, Wajira Abewardena, has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" (No. 2077/32), the official list of annual Sri Lankan public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2019.  14 May 2018 Sri Lankan 2019 Poya Public Holidays Announced (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka", its annual official list of the Sri Lankan Poya Day non-working public holidays in Sri Lanka for the upcoming calendar year 2019.  03 May 2018 Sri Lanka Clarifies May 7 Public Holiday (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) Sri Lanka's Home Affairs Minister, Vajira Abeywardena, has issued a statement clarifying the applicability of the upcoming May 7, 2018, public holiday for the Sri Lankan private sector.  11 Apr 2018 Sri Lanka Gazettes May 7 Public Holiday (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan Government has issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification (No. 2066/17) moving the previously-declared, May 1st, public holiday of Sri Lanka, to Monday, May 7, 2018.  27 Mar 2018 Sri Lankan Public Holiday May 7 (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government would declare Monday, May 7, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka "taking into the consideration of the Vesak week, which coincides with the International Workers Day".  07 Sep 2017 Sri Lankan 2018 Bank Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Sri Lanka-Colombo) Sri Lanka Banks' Association has released its annual list of the official bank holidays in Sri Lanka for the upcoming calendar year 2018, in line with, but expanding upon, the official list of annual Sri Lankan public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2018, as published earlier this summer.  31 Aug 2017 Sri Lankan Public Holiday September 2 (Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided to declare Saturday, September 2, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka on account of the Hijj Festival which falls on Saturday, September 2, 2017.  25 Jul 2017 Sri Lankan 2018 Poya Public Holidays Confirmed (The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) At a media briefing held at the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Sri Lanka's Minister of Home Affairs, Vajira Abeywardene, categorically stated that the previously-released list of Sri Lankan Poya Days in 2018, and related public holidays in Sri Lanka, was "100 percent accurate".  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Sri Lanka public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The declaration of official bank holidays and public holidays in Sri Lanka is regulated by section 4 of the Holidays Act. No. 29 of 1971, and the list and dates of these bank holidays and public holidays is announced annually by the Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs.  The full moon Poya Day public holiday of each month is a public holiday with pay for monthly paid employees. If an employee is required to work on such public holidays, then he shall be paid an extra half days wage in addition to the monthly wage. When a poya day falls on a weekly holiday or public holiday, no additional holiday need be given to employees in lieu of the poya day .  However, banks seem to move fixed-date public holidays that fall on a Sunday to the following Monday.  Sri Lanka International Codes LK and LKA (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .lk (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Sri Lanka information and news: Central Bank of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Sri Lanka maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Sri Lanka), and Wikipedia (includes Sri Lanka commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Sri Lanka, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Sri Lanka that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Sri Lanka, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.

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Solar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, equinoxes, solstices, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict solar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka are based on the geographical location of Colombo (latitude 6.9N, longitude 79.8E, GMT+5.5 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2019 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.

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Lunisolar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict lunar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka are based on the geographical location of Colombo (latitude 6.9N, longitude 79.8E, GMT+6.0 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2019 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2019 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sri Lanka, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Sri Lanka, before planning any trip to Sri Lanka. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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