Events & Festivals

Duruthu Poya | Buddha’s First Visit

: January

Duruthu Poya celebrates Gautama Buddha'smomentous first visit to Sri lanka twenty five centuries ago and marks the country's initiation to Buddhism.

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Thai Pongal – A Festival of Gratitude to Surya

: January

Celebrated in January, Thai Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamils in Sri Lanka as a thanksgiving to the sun and cattle for a bountiful crop.

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Maha Shivarathri | Festival of Shiva

: February

Maha Shivarathri or Padmarajarathri means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is a night devoted to paying homage to Lord Shiva by Hindus.

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Medin Poya

: March

Medin Poya is the day when Buddha visited his father King Suddodhana for the first time as the “Samma Sambuddha” (Fully Enlightened One). Medin Poya falls in March.

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Good Friday | Joining the world to remember

: April

Christians in Sri Lanka remember with gratitude the supreme sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary every Good Friday.

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year

: April

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka is a celebration of the end of harvesting season. The festival is held in April.

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Bak Poya in Sri Lanka

: April

Bak Poya day which falls in the month of April marks Lord Buddha’s visit to Nagadipa. This was his second visit to Sri Lanka after Enlightenment.

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Vesak Poya | The festival of Lights

: May

Vesak Poya commemorates the three most important milestones in the life of Gautama Buddha – His birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana (Nirvana after death).

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Poson Poya Festival

: June

It was on a Full Moon Poson Poya day in the 3rd century B.C that Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka by Arahant Mahinda, son of Emperor Ashoka.

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Ramadan | Festival of breaking the fast

: June

Ramadan - 'Eid-ul-Fitr' is the “festival of breaking the fast” celebrated by Muslims the world over, bringing to an end the Islamic holy month of fasting.

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