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Holiday Calendar for Sri Lanka

Holiday Calendar for Sri Lanka for 2019-2020 year
In this country, it is not surprising to find a very intense level of activity, both cultural and festive events. Tourist numbers are high in Sri Lanka. The island lives with its centuries-old traditions that surprise and amaze sometimes, but which forge the identity of the country. Sri Lankan traditions revolve around two dominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year

May 2019

Sunday 12 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Saturday 18 May - Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day (Sri Lankan Tamils); Victory Day in Sri Lanka
Wednesday 22 May - Republic Day in Sri Lanka

June 2019

Sunday 16 June - Father's Day (Ñelebrated on the third Sunday of June øò Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)

September 2019

Sunday 15 September - Engineer's Day (Sri Lanka)

October 2019

Tuesday 1 October - Children's Day (El Salvador, Guatemala, Sri Lanka); National Coffee Day in Japan and Sri Lanka
Sunday 6 October - Teachers' Day in Sri Lanka
Thursday 10 October - Army Day in Sri Lanka
Tuesday 15 October - Gardening Day in Sri Lanka

November 2019

Friday 15 November - National Tree Planting Day in Sri Lanka
Wednesday 27 November - Maaveerar Day (Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka)
Thursday 28 November - Heroes' Day in Sri Lanka

December 2019

Monday 9 December - Navy Day in Sri Lanka

January 2020

Saturday 11 January - Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka (In honour of Lord Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka)
Wednesday 15 January - Thai Pongal in Sri Lanka (is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun. It is a four-day festival which according to the Tamil calendar is usually celebrated from January 14 to January 17)

February 2020

Tuesday 4 February - Sri Lanka Independence Day
Sunday 9 February - Navam Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka (The Buddha proclaims for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts for the monks)
Friday 21 February - Maha Shivaratri in Sri Lanka (is a annual festival celebrated annually in honor of Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva")

March 2020

Monday 2 March - Air Force Day in Sri Lanka

April 2020

Tuesday 14 April - Bengali New Year (Sri Lankans begin celebrating their National New Year)
Sunday 19 April - Bak Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka (commemorates the second visit of The Buddha to Sri Lanka)

Some Sri Lankan traditions

Sri Lanka is a multicultural society, and the inhabitants are very tolerant of the involuntary blunders of newcomers who do not yet know the local traditions at their fingertips.
The peak of the tourist season coincides with important events, such as the Galle Literary Festival, which brings together Asian and European writers for five days during the second half of January.
The culture of Sri Lanka mixes modern elements with traditional aspects and is known for its regional diversity.
The "rice and curry" is the national dish of the country.
In this country in the heart of Asia, it is customary to visit temples, whatever they are, with bare feet.
The country has a rich artistic tradition, with distinct creative forms that encompass music, dance, and the visual arts.
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