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    The Galle Fort, a landmark in Sri Lanka's Southern Coast is a must-see attraction owing to its distinguishing local character. It is considered a living museum showcasing the Dutch colonial rule and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can witness the unique Dutch architecture well preserved for generations, and can also pay a visit to the former Dutch warehouse building which now houses the National Maritime Museum.

    Whether you need to know more about local public holidays or seasonal highlights, we hope you will find the below facts useful for travel planning. Please feel free to contact us if we can assist you further.

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    Seasonal highlights

    January Thai Pongal Festival: Usually held from the 13th to the 15th of Januray, this festival is associated with thanking the nature and the Sun in particular for a bountiful harvest of paddy.
    February Maha Shiva Rathri Festival: This is a Hindu festival celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Maagha, a grand night dedicated to worship Lord Shiva
    FebruaryDonald Steel Golf Tournament: An annual golf tournament that is organised in honour of Donald Steel, the architect of the challenging and picturesque Victoria golf course.
    AprilSinhala & Tamil New Year Celebrations: The event, generally known as Aluth Avurudda in Sri Lanka, is the new year of the Sinhalese and Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
    MayVesak - Festival of lights: Celebrated by Buddhists around the world, the significance of Vesak lies with the Buddha and his universal message of peace to mankind.
    June Poson Poya Celebrations: The full-moon of June is of special importance to Sri Lankan Buddhists as it is the day on which Buddhism was officially introduced to the island in the 3rd century BCE.
    July & August Esala Perahara: The Esala Perahera which is thought to date back to the 3rd century BCE, was a ritual enacted to request the gods for rainfall

    Public Holidays

    Tamil Thai Pongal Festival 14th January
    Milad-Un-Nabi (Holy Prophet's Birthday) 14th January
    Duruthu Full Moon Poya 15th January
    National Day 04th February
    Navam Full Moon Poya 14th February
    Mahasivarathri Festival 27th February
    Medin Full Moon Poya 16th March
    Day prior to the Sinhala/Tamil New Year 13th April
    Sinhala/Tamil New Year 14th April
    Bak Poya 14th April
    Good Friday 18th April
    May Day 01st May
    Vesak Full Moon Poya Day 14th May
    Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya 15th May
    Poson Full Moon Poya 12th June
    Esala Full Moon Poya 12th July
    Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day) July
    Nikini Full Moon Poya 10th August
    Binara Full Moon Poya 08th September
    Id-Ul-Alha (Hadji Festival Day) October
    Vap Full Moon Poya 08th October
    Deepavali Festival 22rd October
    Ill Full Moon Poya 06th November
    Unduvap Full Moon Poya 06th December
    Christmas Day 25th December