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April

April is the month in which all the Sri Lanka people enjoy with fun and joy. This is something similar to New Year eve in other parts of the world.

  • Sinhala and Tamil New Year : Used to be celebrated all over the island in colorful ways by 13th and 14th of April. The entire Island falls in the festival mood and most of the shops in the towns and villages used to be closed, you will get warm welcome at all places and you can have rice cooked with milk and locally made sweets in all the homes. Some time for one week you won't see business and shop to be operating.
  • Whales and Dolphin Watching : In the Southern part of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is the popular place for to watch playing Whales and Dolphins as they used to visit this areas Ocean in this month. Hire one specially built boat for ocean going to view the whales and dolphins in the day time. Also good palces for whales and dolphins are Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, Dondra, Trincomalee, Alutgama, Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa.
  • Nuwara Eliya Summer Holiday Festival : Nuwara Eliya is called as little England as it resembles typical English villages in England. This place is very cool while the rest of the country is experiencing hot weather. On 1st of April to 30th April the summer holiday festival used to take place. You can witness plenty of sports activities that used to include parades, horse racing, flower shows and many other shows used to take place along with night musical events.

May

  • This is the month Sri Lanka Buddhists used to celebrate the Vesak Poya day which falls on May. You can witness streets filled with electric lighting and people used to make stalls and used to offer free food like rice and curry, boiled peas, Tapioca, drinks like milk coffee and ice cream to people passing them. Mean while some places like Fort, Borella, Dehiwala and many other places will have largely built unique art work decorated with color bulbs which are based on Buddha's life stories and are called as "Thorana" can be seen in these days. Lot of people used to gather here to watch and listen to those stories on these special days. Take note meat products and sprits are totally banned in these days all over the island. The violators will be punished by courts.
  • If you want to visit any Buddhist Shrine on Vesak Full Moon Poya Days, wear long clothes covering your whole body.
  • This is the perfect month to visit Tour Sri Lanka as it is sunny all over the island and the day time temperature is far down than the month of April.

June

  • Full Moon Poya day of June when Poson is practised in Mihintale and Anuradhapura

July

  • Kataragam Temple Perahara used to be celebrated from July to August
  • Kandy Esala Perahara from July to August
  • Nallur Kandaswamy Temple Festival in Jaffna.
  • Bellanvila Temple Perahara from July to August
  • Hikkaduwa Beach Festival. People used to gather here from around the world to participate in the nights of festival.

September

  • Ramazan Festival Day
  • 5th - 15th Tuk tuk Rally
  • Colombo Art Biennale of modern art.

October

  • Deepavali Festival : Deepavali festival is also called as Lighting festival. This is a great event in the Hindu religion and this festival is mostly celebrated in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and other countries Hindu people are living. Most part of the festival take place in the Temple, while 2 - 3 weeks befiore the festival people used to buy new clothes for the festival.

    So there is a big chance for to buy clothes at discounted price from the stores during this time. Late night shopping available at the centre of the city. On the Deepawali day you can witness lot of activities in the Hindu temples while new Tamil movies are released on this day as Blockbusters. You can expect movies from Top Tamil heroes like Rajinikanth, Vijay, Kamal, Ajith and from many others.

November

  • Hadji Festival Day
  • Annual Spice Festival, Colombo.

December

  • Adam's Peak : Sri Pada Mountain Pilgrimage Season. Read More
  • National Bird Watching Month : You can watch hundreds of varieties of immigrating birds and local birds during this season where most of the birds used to make accommodations in the bird's sanctuaries around the island.
  • Christmas Week : Sri Lanka is not a Christian country although the event along with the New Year is celebrated all over the Island in grand. This week is celebrated with full of carols, music shows and special events. You can find sales in the Malls and Super Markets with heavy discounts during this season.
  • Negombo Beach Festival : The Negombo beach located in the Negombo city used to celebrate the International kit festival in the month of August every year. After that the beach festival that used to take place is for fun and joy where live bands play music for the visitors of the festival.

January

  • Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya : Duruthu Perahera festival.
  • Thai Pongal Festival : This is the harvest festival used to be celebrated on 14th of January. North and East region farmers used to celebrate this festival to thank their God Sun and the next day is dedicated to their bulls and cattle which helped them with their field works.
  • Colombo Art Festival : This is known as Kala Pola and used to be held in Open-air Art Festival where prominent and emerging artists used to display their oil, water color paintings, sculptures and along with the display of the local artists modern art work.
  • Galle Literary Festival : This literary festival is one of the leading events and it too falls in the first month of the New Year. Galle town which still have the heritage of British and other foreign country origin will become as a very busy place where lot of foreigners and tourists used to flock here. Other than the event you can witness Plays, Concerts, Art Installations, Gourmet Dinners, Children Feast, Fashion Shows, Garden Tours, Architecture, Community Initiatives, Photographic Exhibitions and many other related events. Read More

    Well known writers and publishers used to come over here.

February

  • Gangarama Nawam Perahera : Hundreds of colorfully decorateded elephants used to parad on this street festival that falls on full moon day in February.
  • National Day : 4th of February is the National Day of Sri Lanka. Celebrations used to take place at the Independence Square in Colombo.
  • Elephant Polo : Elephant polo used to be held in Galle City annually. It is organized by under the Ceylon Elephant Polo Association.
  • Donald Steel Golf Tournament : Victoria Golf Club, Kandy. Annually event. Read more.

March

  • MahaSivaratri : A Hindu festival celebrated in Hindu temples all over the Island.
  • IFF : Galle International Film Festival

Sri Lanka Holidays 2018

DateDayHoliday
MondayDuruthu Full Moon Poya Day
SundayTamil Thai Pongal Day
WednesdayAdhi Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
SundayNational Day
WednesdayMahasivarathri Day
ThursdayMadin Full Moon Poya Day
FridayGood Friday
SaturdayAdhi Madin Full Moon Poya Day
FridayDay prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day
SaturdaySinhala & Tamil New Year Day
SundayBak Full Moon Poya Day
TuesdayMay Day
TuesdayVesak Full Moon Poya Day
WednesdayDay following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day
FridayId Ul-Fitr
WednesdayPoson Full Moon Poya Day
FridayEsala Full Moon Poya Day
WednesdayId Ul-Alha
SundayNikini Full Moon Poya Day
MondayBinara Full Moon Poya Day
WednesdayVap Full Moon Poya Day
TuesdayDeepavali
WednesdayMilad un-Nabi
ThursdayIll Full Moon Poya Day
SaturdayUnduvap Full Moon Poya Day
TuesdayChristmas Day

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