Sri Lankan Culture

Dates of Significance

National Dates of Significance

  • Tamil Thai Pongal Day (15th of January)
  • National Day – Independence Day (4th of February)
  • Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s Eve (13th of April)
  • Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day (14th of April)
  • May Day (1st of May)


Buddhist Festival Dates

The exact date of these events vary every year according to the day of the full moon in the lunar calendar.

  • Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day (January)
  • Navam Full Moon Poya Day (February)
  • Madin Full Moon Poya Day (March)
  • Bak Full Moon Poya Day (April)
  • Vesak Full Moon Poya Day (May)
  • Poson Full Moon Poya Day (June)
  • Esala Full Moon Poya Day (July)
  • Esala Perahera (‘the Festival of the Tooth’) (July/August)
  • Nikini Full Moon Poya Day (August)
  • Binara Full Moon Poya Day (September)
  • Vap Full Moon Poya Day (October)
  • Ill Full Moon Poya Day (November)
  • Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day (December)


Events dedicated to the religions of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are also observed by their respective communities

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