National Day is a holiday that’s observed annually in Sri Lanka on February 4th. Also known as Sri Lankan Independence Day, this day commemorates the independence of the country from Great Britain in 1948. All over the country, this holiday is celebrated through official ceremonies, colorful parades, and dances.
People also raise the Sri Lankan flags on the front of their homes, and the flag is also hoisted at state-sponsored events. In Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, the President will raise the Sri Lankan flag and deliver a speech. This flag-raising ceremony and speech is televised all across the country.
The History Of National Day In Sri Lanka
After Sri Lanka gained its independence from Britain in 1948, D.S Senanayake would become the first Prime Minister of the country. This holiday has been celebrated in an official capacity ever since Sri Lankan independence.
Interesting Facts About Sri Lanka
In celebration of National Day, we’ve listed some facts about Sri Lanka that we feel many people are going to enjoy learning about.
- Sri Lanka is nicknamed the teardrop of India.
- It covers an area of 25,332 square miles.
- Sri Lanka is home to 227 different species of birds, 180+ species of reptiles, and 123+ species of mammals.
- Tea is an important export of the country.
- Sri Lanka is also known for being the leading exporter of cinnamon in the world.
- The flag of Sri Lanka is the oldest in the world and dates back to 162 BC.
Observing National Day In Sri Lanka
This holiday is celebrated with music, dance celebrations, and speeches given by politicians all over the country. It’s also a day on which people enjoy meals with friends and family members. Meals that include legumes, fruits, and tea. Also, people can enjoy some of the many parades that occur across Sri Lanka on this day.
When is National Day in Sri lanka?
|This year (2022)||February 4 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||February 4 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||February 4 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|