Sri Lanka Independence Day is observed on 4 February.
This year marks the country’s 75th anniversary of independence.
Sri Lanka, an island nation located in South Asia, is a country rich in history and cultural heritage.
Originally known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has been referred to by various names throughout history, including Taprobane by the Ancient Greeks and Serendib by the Arabs.
Its location in the Indian Ocean made it an important economic hub and the subject of colonisation by the British Empire in 1815.
In 1948, Sri Lanka was granted semi-independent status, and in 1972, it became a fully independent country, known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
The first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Don Stephen Senanayake, is widely considered the father of the nation, and William Gopallawa became the first President of Sri Lanka in 1972, succeeding the British Empire’s appointed Governor.
National Day, also referred to as Independence Day, is a Sri Lankan holiday celebrated annually on 4 February to commemorate the country’s independence from British rule in 1948.
The holiday is marked by flag-hoisting ceremonies, dances, parades, and performances across the country, with the main celebration taking place in Colombo.
The President usually delivers a nationally televised speech in which he highlights the government’s achievements while paying tribute to national heroes.
The military also holds a parade showcasing the strength of the army, navy, air force, police, and civil defecse force. This day serves as a reminder of the national struggles, bravery, unity, and determination to achieve peace.