04 FEBRUARY 2015 COLOMBO – Many of the Asian and East European countries are remembering the 1940’s world war and freedom from British colonial. South Asian countries are celebrating its independence almost in the same period as India, Pakistan and other nations.
Sri Lanka will celebrate her 67th National Independence Day at the Parliamentary Sports Grounds in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.
These are the first Independence Day celebrations held after the January 8 Presidential Election which marked a new beginning for the country and the people under the leadership of President Sirisena.
President Sirisena will pay floral tributes at the foot of the statue of Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake at Independence Square, Colombo with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, ministers, religious dignitaries and special guests including Ambassadors and High Commissioners.
President Maithripala Sirisena and his wife will arrive at the venue of the main ceremony around 8.45 a.m. and will be received by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Home Affairs and Fisheries Minister Joseph Michael Perera.
He will be conducted to the main flag post by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Three Service Commanders and the Inspector General of the Police.
Amidst the beating of magul bera and blowing of conch shells, President Sirisena will hoist the National Flag.
The National Anthem will be sung by a group of 100 schoolchildren. The President will be escorted to the special dais followed by the Chief of Defence Staff, Three Service Commanders and the Inspector General of Police. This will be followed by schoolchildren singing the Jaya Mangala Gatha and the Devo Wassasathu Kalena. Two minutes silence will be observed in honour of patriots who laid down their lives to preserve and protect the freedom, unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland. After the 21 gun salute, the President will address the Nation. At the conclusion of the Presidential address, march pasts by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Security Forces will be held along with cultural items.
Sri Lanka’s Independence Day is celebrated on 4th of February, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule on that day in 1948. The day is a national holiday in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated all over the country through flag-hoisting ceremony, dances, parades and performances. Usually, the main celebration takes place in Colombo, where the President raises the national flag and delivers a nationally televised speech.
Many national struggles were made in the history of Sri Lanka. And on the independence day all of these are remembered and celebrated. But the independence movement against the British is especially recalled.
In the President’s speech, he highlights the achievements of the government during the past year, raises important issues and gives a call for further development. The President also pays tribute to the national heroes of Sri Lanka, observes two minutes of silence in their memory, challenges and vows to eradicate separatism. A great military parade is also made. In recent years it show cases 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 is recollected in the minds of people.
Celebrations There are also dances, singing and performances that showcase national unity and culture. Religious observances are also made in many palaces of worship around the country, wishing for peace and prosperity to the country, people and the tri-forces. The national media also try to promote ideas such as bravery, confidence, dedication, national unity, patriotism, nationalism, peace, national responsibility and awareness of national history in the minds of people.