How To Celebrated Sri Lanka Independence Day 2017 History of National Day

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Sri Lanka's Independence Day was 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.

When is Sri Lankan National Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on 4 February.

Also known as Independence Day, it is Sri Lanka's National Day.

The holiday primarily celebrates Sri Lanka's independence from British rule on 4 February 1948, but is a day to remember Sri Lanka's struggle for independence from various regimes.

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How is Sri Lankan National Day Celebrated?

There are also 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 for the country, people and the tri-forces. The national media also tries 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.

The History of Peace Sri Lanka National / Independence Day

16th Century Colonization Efforts

As early as the 16th century, the economies of nations across the globe depended heavily on colonization to be successful. As a result of this, countries like Portugal and the Netherlands attempted to expand their spheres of influence into Southeast Asia. During these colonization campaigns, Portuguese stumbled upon an island with rich resources and an established population. The world would eventually know this island as Sri Lanka. The Portuguese understood that this island and its resources presented many opportunities for producing wealth. Because of this, Portuguese businesses attempted to colonize areas of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the Dutch also heard of the opportunities in Sri Lanka. The Dutch and Portuguese colonizers competed with each other for control of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka Independence Day 2017

Great Britain Colonizes Sri Lanka

After Portugal and the Netherlands staked their claims in Sri Lanka, Great Britain began to expand its influence in Southeast Asia. In 1796, a British company established a colony in Sri Lanka. Eventually, Great Britain became the dominant power in Sri Lanka. With a powerful military and economy, the British Empire forced out its Dutch and Portuguese competitors. By 1810, Great Britain controlled the entire island. The British named the island Ceylon. While under British control, the resources and population of Sri Lanka were exploited and used to expand the production capabilities of British companies.

The Sri Lankan Independence Movement

For many years, the people of Sri Lankan had no impact on the outcome of government decisions on their island. Instead, they were subjected to the decisions of British governors and businessmen. With the goal of obtaining Sri Lankan sovereignty, the middle-class people of Ceylon began a peaceful independence campaign that lasted for over 30 years. During the Sri Lankan Independence Movement, the people of the island petitioned government officials, educated the masses, and went on labor strikes. Eventually, support for an independent Sri Lanka expanded. On February 4, 1948, Sri Lanka became a dominion of the British Empire. In 1972, Sri Lanka officially became an independent nation that was not connected to Great Britain.

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