Holidays in Kandy

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 Kandy, 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 Kandy

Sri Lanka’s Best Treasures: Sigiriya Rock & Dambulla Caves



€83.00 p.p.

Your Magical Sri Lanka Personalized Tour - 3 days



€91.00 p.p.

Private Nuwara Eliya Experience: Tea, Locals & Nature



€35.00 p.p.

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Tim Dushan

Incredible Day Trip to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa

Dushan was briliant helping us create a peronalised tour at a great price. He knows a lot and is great to talk to. We highly recommend him for any tour you do!

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ユリ Manoshi

All About Curry - Private Cooking class

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John Deshan

Hike the Adam's Peak and Catch the Sunrise

What a great couple of days my daughter and I had with Deshan. Have done my fair share of tours over the years and this guy knows what it is all about. Polite, knowledgeable, and extremely accommodating. Would not hesitate to recommend or use again when next back in town.

It’s a great tour with Adams Peak (Sri Pada) a worthwhile experience. The early start is well worth the effort however be prepared for a work out climbing all those steps to the top. Deshan was a great support and excellent company. You will get to see wonderful landscapes and tea plantations a plenty including a couple of off the beaten track specials.

Thanks for looking after us.

Issy and John