Sri Lanka National Day 2018 – Today the nation of Sri Lanka celebrates 70 years of independence. On February 4th, 1948, the country attained self-rule while remaining a British dominion. It remained a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and Queen of Ceylon, until 1972 when it became a republic and was renamed Sri Lanka.
The biggest celebrations for this national holiday take place in the capital city of Colombo. Sri Lankans participate in cultural performances, parades, a flag raising ceremony and a national address led by the president. In addition to celebrating its independence, the country observes a day of remembrance for Sri Lanka’s national heroes, past and present. The presidential address pays tribute to these heroes by observing two minutes of silence in their memory.
Happy Independence Day, Sri Lanka!
You can find more about Sri Lanka National Day 2018 on the official Google Doodle Page