Sri Lanka celebrates 75th Independence Day

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Sri Lanka celebrated 75 years of Independence on 4 February under the theme Namo Namo Matha – A step towards a century.

An overview of the news

  • The main ceremony of the National Independence Day Celebrations was held at Galle Face Green in Colombo.

  • A special cultural arts festival Lankaralanka was held at Independence square in Colombo. 

  • The Jaffna cultural centre which was built under an Indian grant will also be opened in a few days.

  • India's Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan participated in the Independence Day celebrations.

  • The Minister held talks with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabri and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Sri Lanka Independence Day

  • Known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka was a major economic center for the British Empire, which granted it semi-independent 'dominionship' status in 1948.

  • Sri Lanka became a full-fledged republic on May 22, 1972, and is formally known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

  • The first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka was Don Stephen Senanayake, who is regarded as the Father of the Nation.

  • In 1972, William Gopalwa became the first President of Sri Lanka.

  • Independence Day is also celebrated by Sri Lankan expatriate communities in other countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the United States.

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