There is only one official bank holiday in this year’s September, namely Binara Poya. Full moon day, of course, is every month. Bunara Full Moon, remembering Buddhas trip to heaven his to sermon to his mother, is a celebration of the Bhikkhuni (Nuns') Order, which has been reestablished in Sri Lanka in recent decades.
Bandaranaike Memorial Day commemorating the former prime minister's assassination on 26th of September 1959 is not a public holiday.
September is a month of at least four big secular events in the capital: The annual “Colombo International Book Fair” will be organised by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association. The annual “Vintage Car Rally” is a very popular event in Colombo. The "24th International Gem & Jewellery Show", starting on the 4th of September, will have hundreds of local and foreign exhibitors, visitors can purchase exquisite gems at FACETS Sri Lanka. Last not least, the annual "Kite Festival" will be held in the heart of Colombo by the sea.
September is a month of significant celebrations for Hindus, though Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday festival of the elphant-headed god that usually takes place in September, was already celebrated on 29th of August this year. But the major annual festival for Durga, Navarathri , “nine nights”, usually celebrated in October on the first day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month, will start on 25th of September this year, and continue until Friday, the 3rd of October.
Situated in only a few kilometres distance from Sri Lanka’s northernmost “Point Pedro” is one of the very few Tamil temples dedicated to Vishnu. The annual Festival of the temple in Vallipuram, usually takes place in September.
One of the most important Christian festivals in the very south of the island is Our Lady of Matara Feast Roman Catholic Church Festival, celebrated with vespers and processions.
September was (inofficially) declared Sri Lanka’s “wildlife month”, under the slogan “The best for big game outside of Africa”. Reason is: at the end of the dry season in the island’s dry zone, wild animals gather at the few remaining lakes, attracting predators such as leopards in particular.
September is the last month of Palu fruit season, which offers the best chances to observe sloth bears during day time hours. The sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) is a nocturnal pecies of bears feeding on insects in the first place. Sri Lanka's isolated island population is considered a subspecies. Slothbears occur in all parts of South Asia. For more information please read our article "spotting baloo".
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