Google Doodle celebrates Sri Lanka National Day which falls on this date. Every year, the observation of Sri Lanka National Day takes place on February 4, 1948.  Eventually, this day is a national holiday in Sri Lanka. Before Independence, Srilanka was one of the colonies of the British. Flag-hoisting ceremonies, dances, parades, and cultural performances are usually in the list of the celebration agenda.  The main celebrations take place in Colombo. Besides, here the President raises the national flag and delivers a speech at a nationally televised event.

In the President’s speech, he highlights the achievements of the government during the past year, raises important issues and requests the people to join together in commemorating this historic day. Finally, the President also pays tribute to the national heroes of Sri Lanka, observing two minutes of silence in their memory. Have a look at the Google Doodle page.

Sri Lanka National Day

A great military parade would be a great show. In recent years it showcased the power of the army, navy, air force, police, and the civil defense force. And the commitment, bravery, national unity and determination to achieve peace conceives in the minds of the Sri Lankan people. Ending133 years of colonial rule, Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, gained independence from Great Britain on February 04, 1948. Sri Lanka will mark the 71st Independence Day at a gallant ceremony on Monday, February 4th at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

Sri Lanka National Day – Wishes from all sides:

In the words of Queen Elizebeth,

It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency Maithripala Sirisena my congratulations on the celebration of your National Day, together with my best wishes for the good fortune and happiness of the people of Sri Lanka in the coming year,”

In the words of Kumar Sangakkara,

On this 71st national Independence Day let’s celebrate each other. Our glorious differences, our individuality. For in diversity, united in harmony and love lies our unique Sri Lankan identity. Stand up and Stand together for each other.

In the words of Sagala Rathna Nayaka,

I wish all Sri Lankans a happy Independence Day. Let us strive to make our country a better place for people from all walks of life, ensuring freedom, democracy, rule of law and economic prosperity. See also: The Qatar National Day.

History of Srilanka:

About 500 BC the Sinhalese migrated there from India. According to history, the first settlers had a leading man named Vijaya. According to tradition, Buddhism Mahinda introduced into Sri Lanka in 260 BC. It soon became an important part of Sinhalese culture.

However, at first, Sri Lanka was a collection of different states. A man named Dutthagamani united them into a single kingdom. As well as being a powerful ruler Dutthagamani was a great builder and he erected palaces and temples. The capital of the first Sri Lankan kingdom was at Anuradhapura.

In the later years, British, Dutch and Portuguese had their colonies in Srilanka. In the early 20th century Sri Lankan nationalism grew. The Ceylon National Congress formation took place in 1919. In 1910 the Ceylonese were allowed to elect one member of the legislative council and in 1924 the British made further concessions. However, the Ceylonese were not satisfied. In 1931 Ceylon was granted a new constitution. The Ceylonese now demanded their independence and in June 1947 the British agreed to make Sri Lanka a dominion. It became independent on 4 February 1948. See also: The Indian Republic Day

Sri Lanka National Day – Celebrations:

Sri Lanka is all set to celebrate its 71st Independence Day with festivities organized throughout the country. The main event will take place at Galle Face where President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presides the show. Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will attend the ceremony as Guest of Honour. He arrived in Colombo on Sunday and will begin his State visit on Tuesday.

As part of events to mark the 71st Independence Day at least 545 prison inmates will get Presidential pardons, according to Prisons Department Media Spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya.

Sri Lanka National Day message in the words of the President Maithripala Sirisena

“The common enemies of the progress of national revival are poverty and corruption. We must resolve to eradicate these evils completely. All those patriots who sacrificed their lives for the sake of independence of the nation, since the colonial era, are commemorated on this occasion, with honor and dignity. All the servicemen and women dedicated to safeguarding the freedom and independence of the nation today are also remembered with gratitude,” he said.

 

Happy National Day, Sri Lanka!!

 

 

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