Sri Lanka’s 73rd Independence Day celebrations will take place at Independence Square in Colombo today. The ceremony will begin at 7:30 am under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
This year’s Independence Day celebrations will be held under the theme ‘Prosperous Tomorrow – Prosperous Maubimik’. A number of tree planting programmes will be implemented countrywide to coincide with the 73rd Independence Day celebrations. Sri Lanka gained Independence from the British on February 4, 1948. The day is a national holiday in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated all over the country with flag-hoisting ceremonies, dances, parades and cultural performances. The main celebrations take place in Colombo. Here the President raises the national flag and delivers a speech at a nationally televised event. The President also pays tribute to the national heroes of Sri Lanka, observing two minutes of silence in their memory. A great military parade is also performed. In recent years, it displays the power of the army, navy, air force, police and the civil defense force. In addition, the commitment, bravery, national unity and determination to achieve peace is recollected in the minds of the Sri Lankan people.
Many struggles were made in the history of Sri Lanka for the cause of freedom. And on the Independence Day, all of those who fought for this are remembered and celebrated. But the independence movement against the British is especially recalled.