2019 in Sri Lanka
The following lists notable events that will occur and take place during 2019 in Sri Lanka. This year marks the fewest non-working holidays in the country as most of the public holidays fall on weekends.
- President – Maithripala Sirisena
- Prime Minister – Ranil Wickremesinghe
- Chief Justice – Jayantha Jayasuriya
- Attorney General – Dappula de Livera
- Solicitor General – Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe
- 6 February - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena stressed in parliament that the death sentence would be implemented within the next two months on those who are convicted for drug offences, ending a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment.
- 23 February - Sri Lanka registered their first ever test series win against South Africa in South Africa and became the first ever Asian side to achieve the feat.
- 8 March - Marini de Livera claimed the 2019 International Women of Courage Award and became the first Sri Lankan to receive the prestigious award.
- 14 March - 21 March - Sri Lankan contingent claimed a tally of 4 medals at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
- 24 March - 2019 Sri Lanka electricity crisis started after the Ceylon Electricity Board decided to impose four-hour rolling power cut on a scheduled basis throughout the country after the national grid capacity failed to meet the increased demand for power due to dry climate, and due to limited power generation.
- 31 March - Sri Lankan test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was arrested for a drink-drive incident in Colombo, which injured another motorist and was later released on bail. His driving license was also cancelled off after the accident.
- 1 April - 100th death anniversary of late entrepreneur Jacob De Mel was remembered.
- 4 April - Janaka Kanchana created a new Guinness World Record for breaking 50 concrete slabs on his chest within 5 minutes and 40 seconds.
- 17 April - Dimuth Karunaratne was officially appointed by the Sri Lanka Cricket as the captain of the national team and was named in the squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
- 18 April - Raavana 1, Sri Lanka's first research satellite was sent to the International Space Station at around morning 2.16 am the satellite was launched successfully.
- 21 April - Easter Sunday bombings happened in three churches and three hotels killing 259 people.
- 29 April - 2019 Kalmunai shootout
- 3 June - After a protest led by hardline Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and its leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara who demanded the resignations of Muslim ministers and governors. All of Sri Lanka's Muslim ministers and their deputies resigned from their portfolios.
- 6 June - The Sri Lankan Airlines was rated as the world's most punctual airline for the second successive year
- 26 June - President Maithripala Sirisena signed death warrants with the execution dates for four convicts with drug-related offenses, the first time that executions were ordered in 43 years.
- 29 June - Sri Lanka still continues to be the Lonely Planet's top destination for 2019 despite the April/21 attacks.
- 1 July - Sri Lanka was promoted as the upper middle income earning country from being a lower middle income earning country according to the updated classification of the World Bank due to the increase in Gross national income.
- 24 July - Sri Lankan veteran seamer Nuwan Kulasekara retired from all forms of cricket.
- 26 July - Sri Lankan veteran seamer Lasith Malinga retired from ODI cricket after featuring in his last ODI against Bangladesh.
- 17 August - Shavendra Silva was officially appointed as new Army Commander replacing Mahesh Senanayake.
- 18 August - Shavendra Silva officially commenced his new term as Sri Lanka Army Commander.
- 28 August - Sri Lankan spinner who is known for inventing carrom ball Ajantha Mendis retired from all forms of cricket.
- 13 September - 26 September - At least two persons reportedly dead and 282 houses completely damaged due to floods in Colombo, Galle and Matara.
- 16 September - Sri Lanka's and South Asia's tallest tower Lotus Tower was opened following a grand opening ceremony.
- 23 September - Maithripala Sirisena claimed allegations against Ranil Wickramasinghe for requesting to appoint Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe as new Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. In the same month, Dilrukshi Dias involved in a controversial discussion with Avant Garde chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi.
- 25 September - 29 September - So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 concluded with Mitch Parkinson of Australia defeating Indonesia's Oney Anwar in the final.
- 25 September - 7 October - rail strikes took place for 12 consecutive days.
- 27 September - Sri Lankan cricket team toured Pakistan to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, which also marked Sri Lanka's first full fledged cricket tour to Pakistan since 2009. Sri lanka historically won their first T20I series win overPakistan.
- 5 October - First ever public debate among Presidential candidates took place for the upcoming election.
- 7 October - Presidential nominations for the upcoming election were held at Rajagiriya.
- 8 November - One Galle Face mall which belongs to Shangri La hotel will be opened to the public for the first time.
- 16 November - The 8th Sri Lankan presidential election will take place.
- 20 January - Mithra Wettimuny, cricketer
- 21 April - Shantha Mayadunne, a woman chef who was killed along with her daughter during a bomb blast at Shangri-La Hotel.
- 5 August - Salinda Dissanayake, politician
- 2 September - Carlo Fonseka, Sri Lankan physician, academic and political activist.
- 14 September - Martin Trust, American-Sri Lankan entrepreneur, father of modern Sri Lankan apparel industry.
- 24 September - Tikiri, a 70 year old Asian elephant
- 29 September - Michael de Zoysa, former secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket
In Sri Lanka Bank Holidays, Public Holidays & Full Moon Poya Days for Year – 2019
- 15 January – Tuesday Tamil Thai Pongal Day *†‡
- 20 January – Sunday Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 4 February – Monday National Day *†‡
- 19 February - Tuesday Navam Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 4 March - Monday Maha Sivarathri Day *†
- 20 March - Wednesday Medin Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 13 April - Saturday Day Prior to Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day *†‡
- 14 April - Sunday Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day *†‡
- 15 April - Monday Special Bank Holiday †
- 19 April - Friday Bak Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 19 April - Friday Good Friday *†
- 1 May - Wednesday May Day *†‡
- 18 May - Saturday Vesak Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 19 May - Sunday Day Following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day *†‡
- 20 May - Monday Special Bank Holiday †
- 5 June - Wednesday – Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day) *†
- 16 June - Sunday – Poson Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 16 July - Tuesday – Esala Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 12 August - Monday – Id-Ul-Alha (Hadji Festival Day) *†
- 14 August - Wednesday – Nikini Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 13 September Friday – Binara Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 13 October Sunday – Vap Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 27 October Sunday – Deepavali Festival Day *†
- 10 November Sunday – Milad-Un-Nabi (Holy Prophet’s Birthday) *†‡
- 11 November Monday – Special Bank Holiday †
- 12 November Tuesday – Ill Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 11 December Wednesday – Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day *†
- 25 December Wednesday – Christmas Day *†‡
- Public Holidays *
- Bank Holidays †
- Mercantile Holidays ‡
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