There is only one public holiday in Sri Lanka in this year’s June, namely the Buddhist Fullmoon Day of Poson Poya, which is remembering the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Monk Mahinda sent by Emperor Ashoka.
Poson Poya 2015 is celebrated tomorrow, 2nd June. The greatest Poson Poya festival will be held in Mihintale, where Monk Mahinda arrived. Our blog will describe Poson Poya in a separate blog article tomorrow.
Muslims begin celebrating Ramadan in this year’s June, observing fast during daylight hours and breaking fast at sunset at meal called Ifthar. The Ramadan period will last from the 18th June till the 16th July.
As June is the beginning of the south-west monsoon rainy season, the beaches in the south and west of the island will be less attractive for tourists. However, it’s high season at the East Coast, where June is the peak of the dry season. Nilaveli near Trincomalee, Passikudah not far from the Cultural Triangle and Arugam Bay near Kumana National Park are perfect for beach holidays in June.
June is a good time for cultural tourism notably in the Cultural Triangle and also for wildife experiences in all parts of the dry zone.
The world-famous Elephant Gathering in Minneriya National Park starts in June and will last till September. This largest gathering of Asian elephants was called "the world's biggest pool party" by CNN. Up to 200, sometimes 300 wild elephants can be seen bathing together in the Minneriya tank in the late afternoon.
The Pakistan Cricket Team, beginning international matches again, will be touring Sri Lanka in the second half of June and in July. Three Tests will be held altogether. The first Test will be held in Galle from the 17th June till the 21st June.
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