Sri Lanka National Day

Sri Lanka National Day

February 4
The former British colony of Ceylon changed its name in 1972 to Sri Lanka, which means "Blessed Isle." Sri Lankans commemorate the granting of their independence from Great Britain on February 4, 1948, with public gatherings throughout the island and special services in the temples, churches, and mosques. There are also parades, folk dances, processions, and national games.
CONTACTS:
Sri Lankan Embassy
2148 Wyoming Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-483-4025; fax: 202-232-7181
www.slembassyusa.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 21
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 345
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 22
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The city of Canberra, on the 4th of February, was decorated with three sets of national flags alternatively alongside the Australian national flags on the main highway leading to the Federal Parliament in the city centre, signifying Sri Lanka National Day and the close friendship between Australia and Sri Lanka.
Deborah Chatsis, Director, South Asia Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada conveyed greetings of the Government of Canada to the Sri Lanka National Day.

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