May Day celebrations rescheduled for May 7

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The government has decided to hold this year’s May Day rally to May 7 instead of May 1 on the advice of the Maha Nayake Theras, Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardene said today.

He said this at the National District Secretary’s Convention in Colombo last afternoon.

The Minister said that instead of May 1, May 7 would be declared a public and mercantile holiday this year and that this was decided by the Cabinet last afternoon.

The Maha Nayaka Theras had advised not to have political rallies and processions on May 1 because of Vesak celebrations. Vesak Poya falls on April 29 and 30 this year. (Yohan Perera)

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  • hans perlee Tuesday, 27 March 2018 04:56 PM

    Sorry but Vesak is on Sunday April 29. May day is Tuesday May 1, is not the same week.This is done just so Sri Lankans have another Holiday and don't have to work.

    dulan Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:25 PM

    Hans weeks starts on Sunday over here.But this is another irrelevant pandering

    Ven. Kottawa Srithissa thero Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:51 AM

    You are correct, there is no valid reason to postponed May Day celebrations, its madness.

    Tax Payer Tuesday, 27 March 2018 04:57 PM

    So, does the 'working class' get both days off as holidays or only May 7th?

    ANTON Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:24 PM

    MONKS WILL HAVE TO DECIDE THAT TOO.

    Nonis Mathaya Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:53 AM

    Prez is now dancing according to Monks instructions as he knows he cannot have another term if he rejects their orders. What a shameful Prez we have.

    ANTON Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:13 PM

    THAT IS VERY TRUE BECAUSE IT IS NOT NICE SAY LIES ON WESAK DAYS.

    hans perlee Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:14 PM

    Don't agree with this. The name Socialist is in the name of our country. May Day is a Socialist day so HAS TO BE ON MAY 1. Any other day is not good.

    malij Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:35 PM

    Yes. You can always go to China or Cuba or even to Siberia and celebrate the May day exactly on 1st May 2018. Happy journey.

    Sammy Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:22 PM

    Why waste another working for of the country for May day. 1st May is anyway a holiday, why don't you have it on a weekend. There are too many holidays in this country, why another unproductive day

    Ceylon Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:58 AM

    Government and monks are very same.empty brains.srilanka the republic of idiots.

    pradeep Wednesday, 28 March 2018 09:36 AM

    so next postpone Christmas to another day

    K. T. Piyadasa Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:40 AM

    My3 will adhere to that if monks say so. He is so scared to the monks, it is our mistake making him as President.

    Carolis Apphuhamy Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:42 AM

    if monks say to have Deepavalli on the 25th December - our Hon. Prez will say yes.... Anney anney....

    predictor Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:17 AM

    May Day is not a politician day.its day of working class people. What a stupid decision. its only happens in srilanka. they will change the independence day also in future. via DM Android App

    Raja Rata Ratnayake Mudallee Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:48 AM

    Mr. President, please have the May day on the 1st. Don't care about monks say..... they are not our rulers, if you have a back bone take your own decision without bending down to monks.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:47 AM

    The whole world celebrates May Day on May 1st. Only in Sri Lanka, which is a secular country can opportunistic men in robes change the world.

    Waco Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:40 PM

    Australia do not have Labour-Day on the 1st of May.

    Citizen Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:02 PM

    Wesak is observed over a few days and we should not encourage falsehood, anger, violence, hatred, alcoholism during this period. May Day is supposed to be Workers Day but it is actually politicians day to run riot.


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