Sri Lanka public holidays 2016

Sri Lanka is multi national and multi religious country, but close to 70 percent of something more then 20 000 000 people are Buddhist. Because of this majority of public holidays are related for this religious group. Hindu population of Tamils are majority on the north and north-east of the in the cities of Jaffna and Trincomalee. While followers of Islamic religion are mostly located in western part of country. Colombo the biggest town in Sri Lanka is a real melting pot and all three mentioned religious group, plus Roman Catholic could be found in the city. Because of this it is important that holy days of other religions are included in calendar of national public holidays in Sri Lanka. Different religious festivals are not considered as national festival and it is on employer to decide how they workers will celebrate festival days.

On the 25. of May, Sri Lankan minister of home affairs present list of public holidays for 2016. year.

Sri Lanka: public holidays in 2016

15. JanFriTamil Thai Pongal Day
23. JanSatDuruthu Full Moon Poya Day
4. FebThuNational Day
22. FebMonNavam Full Moon Poya Day
7. MarMonMahasivarathri Day
22. MarTueMadin Full Moon Poya Day
25. MarFriGood Friday
13. AprWedDay prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day
14. AprThuSinhala & Tamil New Year Day
21. AprThuBak Full Moon Poya Day
1. MaySunMay Day
21. MaySatVesak Full Moon Poya Day
22. MaySunDay following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day
19. JunSunPoson Full Moon Poya Day
6. JulWedId-Ul-Fitr / Ramazan Festival Day
19. JulTueEsala Full Moon Poya Day
17. AugWedNikini Full Moon Poya Day
12. SepMonId-Ul-Alha / Hadji Festival Day
16. SepFriBinara Full Moon Poya Day
15. OctSatVap Full Moon Poya Day
29. OctSatDeepavali Festival Day
14. NovMonIll Full Moon Poya Day
12. DecMonMilad-Un-Nabi / Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
13. DecTueUnduvap Full Moon Poya Day
25. DecSunChristmas Day

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