Since Buddhism is the predominant religion in Sri Lanka Poya days or the full moon days are considered as religious days in Sri Lanka. The government of Sri Lanka has banned selling Alcohol on these days but it is not prohibited to consume Alcohol that you have purchased prior to the Poya day in a private space. (E.g: In your hotel room, in your home stay, in your apartment)
10. Is it against the law of Sri Lanka to consume Alcohol and cigarettes in public places?
October 5, 2023 | by Krishan
You are free to drink and smoke in restaurants, bars, night clubs, and private commercial spaces. However, smoking and drinking in public places, such as streets, parks and buses is punishable by law.
If you are observed smoking or drinking in public, law enforcement personnel will probably just explain that it is prohibited to smoke / drink in public areas and let you go. However, it is always better to abide by the local laws.
It's important to note that alcohol regulations may vary by location and time, so it's a good idea to be aware of local laws and customs regarding alcohol consumption. Always drink responsibly and in moderation, and be respectful of the local culture while enjoying your beer in Sri Lanka.
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