Independence Day of Sri Lanka is a day that celebrating the anniversary of national independence of the country received from the British Colonial Rule. The Independence Day of Sri Lanka is celebrated in the remembrance of the struggling made by the national heroes to gain freedom.
- 1 The Independence Day 2014
- 2 The theme of the year 2013
- 3 The national heroes who struggle to gain freedom from the British Crown Colony
- 4 Sri Lanka gain Independence from?
- 5 How grand the Independence Day is celebrated?
- 6 Who formed the national hymn?
- 7 What does the Sri Lankan National flag represents?
- 8 Where is Sri Lanka located?
- 9 Summary
The Independence Day 2014
The Independence Day of Sri Lanka 2014 will be celebrated on Tuesday 4th of February in Kegalle, Sabaragamuva Province.
This was planned by the Sri Lankan Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister. They also planned to make some special arrangements on an awareness program for school children and public officers on the “Importance of the National Flag” before the celebrations on February 4th, 2014.
The 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka 2014 is also planned to celebrate grander than the 65th Independence Day celebration which was held in 2013.Also they have planned to invite over 4000 more special invitees.
The Independence Day of Sri Lanka is always celebrated on 4th of February, in the each year.
The theme of the year 2013
The Independence Day of 2013 was celebrated on Monday 4th of February 2013 in on a grand scale at Fort Frederick in Trincomalee. This was the 65th Independence Day Celebration. It was celebrated under the Sponsorship of President Mahinda Rajapaksha. The theme of this year is “A Gorgeous Motherland and blooming tomorrow”
This auspicious event magnetizes the whole Sri Lankans. There over 4,000 special invitees including members of the parliament and cabinet, members of the diplomatic groups etc…
This was the third time; a holiday is celebrated in Trincomalee. The first time was in 1953 and the second time was in 1965.
The national heroes who struggle to gain freedom from the British Crown Colony
In the year 1972, Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. For about a century Sri Lanka was under the British crown colony .On 4TH of February 1948 the country achieved its independence, officially become the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. This day is a national holiday in Sri Lanka.Don Stephen Senanayake became Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister.
The acquirement of freedom from the Great Britain, Sri Lanka enjoyed a permanent democracy and constant economic growth.
The National Heroes such as Keppitipola Dissawe,Gongala Goda Banda,Veera Puran Appu,Anagarika Darmapala etc….. are those who played a major role in independence struggle from British rule to gain Sri Lankan Independence Day on 4th of February 1948.
Sri Lanka gain Independence from?
Sri Lanka was captured by various countries over a period of years. The Portuguese were the first to rule in the 16th century. Next the Dutch came a century later to Portuguese. There were clash between the Portuguese and Dutch to the control of this island.
By 1796, Great Britain took control of the coastal area and renamed it as “Ceylon”. Bit by bit they took control of Whole Island. Finally on February 4th, 1948 the country gained independence from the British authorities.
How grand the Independence Day is celebrated?
Sri Lankans Independence Day is celebrated in everyplace of the country by hoisting flags, dancing, singing the national anthem, parades and performances that showcases the national unity and culture.
There are religious observances that are also made in many places of worship in the country. The pray for peace and harmony, prosperity of the country, people and the tri-forces. The Media also promotes the national unity, bravery, dedication, confidence, nationalism, patriotism, peace, national responsibilities and awareness of national history in the minds of the people.
Who formed the national hymn?
“Sri Lanka Matha”-“Mother Sri Lanka” was accepted as the country’s national anthem in 1951.The national anthem was both composed and written by Hon.Ananda Samarakoon in 1940 when Sri Lanka was under control of Great Britain.
This song was written as a tribute to Sri Lanka, eventually the song gained popularity during the 1940’s and finally became the national anthem on November 22, and 1951.This song was sung for the first time on the 4th of February 1952 as the national anthem which is Sri Lanka’s fourth Independence Day.
“Sri Lanka Matha” represents the freedom, spirit of national unity, inspire honor and respect to the Motherland. The National anthem is sung in two languages as Sinhala and Tamil.
What does the Sri Lankan National flag represents?
The national flag represents the country and its heritage.
- The lion and its golden color- Represents the strength, Bravery and the Sinhalese ethnicity.
- The beard- Represents the purity of words.
- The lion’s tail- Represents the eight percepts of Buddhism.
- Curly hair’s on the lions head-Represents the religious observance, wisdom and meditation.
- The lion’s nose- Represents the intelligence.
- The lion’s two paws-Represents to the purity in handling wealth.
- The four Bo leaves at the four corners- Represents Buddhism and its four virtues-Kindness, Friendliness, Happiness and equanimity.
- The sword in the front paw- Represents the sovereignty while sword handle represents the four elements Air, Water, Fire and Earth.
- The vertical orange strips- Represents the Sri Lankan Tamil ethnicity.
- The green vertical strips- Represents the Sri Lankan Muslim faith and Moor ethnicity.
- The maroon color background- Represents the majority of the Sinhalese.
- The yellow border – Represents the people from all cultures living together with peace and harmony.
Where is Sri Lanka located?
Sri Lanka is an island. It is located off the southern coast of India, southwest of the Bay of Bengal in SouthAsia.Its border is the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar in Laccadive Sea and the PalkStrait that separates Sri Lanka from India.
The Independence Day of Sri Lanka is on 4th of February 1948.It is planned to keep the 66th Independence Day celebration in Kegalle, Sabaragamuva Province with the benefaction of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha. This exclusive event will be celebrated with over 4000, invitees. The celebration of Independence Day reminds the Sri Lankan, the struggle made by the national heroes to gain freedom from the British colonial rule.