Sri Lanka celebrates 73rd Independence Day

2021-02-04 at 04:01

Sri Lanka celebrates her 73rd Independence Day today.

Sri Lankans mark independence from the British rule on the 4th of February 1948, after being a colony for 133 years.

The Independence Day celebrations will be held at the Independence Square in a charm manner under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Independence Day celebrations will be held under the theme ‘A Brighter Tomorrow, a Prosperous Motherland’.

The government has decided to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day while adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines and therefore the event at the Independence Square will not be open to the public.

The event will be graced by Ministers, State Ministers, Members of Parliament, diplomats and foreign dignitaries including other guests.

All attendees will have their temperatures checked while wearing a face mask throughout the ceremony will be made mandatory.

The commemorations will begin at 8am.

Meanwhile, 3,153 Army personnel, 821 Navy sailors, 740 Air Force personnel, 510 Police and Special Task Force personnel and 457 Civil Security Force personnel are due to take part in the Independence Day parade this year.

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Retired General Kamal Gunaratne meanwhile has announced all troops part of the 73rd Independence Day parade will be subject to PCR or rapid antigen tests.

Despite coronavirus concerns, troops part of the Independence Day parade will not wear face masks.

Meanwhile, the Ministry requested the public to hoist the National Flag at residences, businesses and state and private institutions till the 7th of February, in view of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations.

The government will also launch an island wide tree planting programme to coincide with the 73rd Independence Day celebrations.

The State Ministry of National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management said the programme will be enforced in Grama Niladhari Divisions through District and Regional Secretaries.