Sri Lanka Public Holidays 2012

January Tuesday Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day (In honour of Lord Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka)

January Tamil Thai Pongal Day

4 February Monday National Day

February Navam Full Moon Poya Day (The Buddha proclaims for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts for the monks)

March Thursday Maha Sivarathri Day

March Thursday Milad-Un-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad's birthday)

March Medin Full Moon Poya Day (Commemorates the visit of The Buddha to his home to preach to his father King Suddhodana and other relatives)

March Friday Good Friday

13 April Day prior to Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day (the month of Bak) when the sun moves from the Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aries) Sri Lankans begin celebrating their National New Year

14 April Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day

April Friday Additional Bank Holiday

April Bak Full Moon Poya Day (commemorates the second visit of The Buddha to Sri Lanka)

1 May Thursday May Day

May Vesak Full Moon Poya Day (The Buddhist calendar begins)

May Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day

June Poson Full Moon Poya Day (Commemorates the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka)

July Esala Full Moon Poya Day (Commemorates the deliverance of the first sermon to the five ascetics and setting in motion the Wheel of the Dhamma by Buddha)

August Nikini Full Moon Poya Day (conducting of the first Dhamma Sangayana (Convocation)by Buddha)

September Binara Full Moon Poya Day (Commemorates The Buddha's visit to heaven to preach to his mother and celestial multitude)

October Wednesday Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day)

October Vap Full Moon Poya Day (King Devanampiyatissa of Sri Lanka sending envoys to King Asoka requesting him to send his daughter Arahat Sanghamitta Theri to Sri Lanka to establish the Bhikkhuni Sasana (Order of Nuns))

October Monday Deepavali Festival Day

November Il Full Moon Poya Day (Celebrates the obtaining of Vivarana (the assurance of becoming a Buddha))

December Tuesday Id-Ul-Adha (Hajj Festival Day)

December Monday Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day (Sanghamitta Theri established the Bhikkhuni Sasana (the Order of Nuns))

25 December Saturday Christmas Day

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