Holidays in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is popularly known as a multicultural country with a rather diverse background. When it comes to public holidays, travelers need to take into account this matter, as they not only celebrate Buddhist holidays, but also other existing religions in the country. Next to that, national holidays plays an essential role in determining travelers to have the best time of their visit.

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Holidays in Sri Lanka

  • The Buddhist New Year is celebrated for 3 whole days starting on the first full moon of April.
  • Vesak, Buddha’s birthday, takes place on the first full moon day of May.
  • Uposatha is a day dedicated to meditation and ethics, and takes place on the New Moon, the Full Moon and quarter moon days every month.
  • Makha Bucha usually occurs in February, and celebrates the meeting of Arahants with Buddha, nine months after his enlightenment.
  • Asalha Puja ‘Dhamma Day’ takes place around July, and is dedicated to Buddha’s first teaching on the full moon day.
  • Kathina Ceremony takes place in October and November, where the locals offer new robes to the monks.
  • Sanghamitta Day is celebrated on the Full Moon day in December, and honors Sanghamitta for her journey to Sri Lanka, and spreading the ideas of Buddhism.

Top cultural experiences in Sri Lanka

Incredible Day Trip to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa

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Beautiful Coexistence: Temples of Colombo Tour

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€50.00 p.p.

Sacred Day Trip to Anuradhapura with a Local

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€37.34 p.p.

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Manjeet was a wonderful tour guide. I was worried things would be a bit awkward with a one on one tour but she was very informative, easy to talk to and know lots about the food I was trying. Highly recommended!

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Singapore's Tasty Tour for Little Foodies

I am so pleased I booked WithLocals for our recent 4 day break in Singapore. We met William the first morning of our stay in Singapore - it was the best! Thank you so much William for showing us parts of Singapore we would never have found out about in such a short space of time. William was friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the city. We tried some amazing foods and he was also flexible with altering the tour to suit our needs - even letting us stop off to try Durian (with our plastic gloves at the ready!) I couldn't recommend this tour highly enough, it heavily influenced what we did in the subsequent days - we will never forget it and can't wait to visit Singapore again one day.

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Street Food Tour of Colombo: the 10 Tastings

The food tour was amazing, Miyuru was a great guide, explaining a lot about the Sri Lankan cousine and also about the city of Colombo. He took us to real local places, which we definitely wouldn't visit on our own and the food was delicious. We also had a lot of fun, so all in all it is a must do tour when you are in Colombo.