Celebrations to mark Sri Lanka’s 67th Independence Day will be held on February 4 at 8 am at the Parliamentary ground in Sri Jayawardanepura, Kotte. Under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
This year’s state ceremony will be held under the theme “Piripun Maubimak, -Abiman Heta Dinak” (a prosperous motherland-a dignifying tomorrow).
Prior to the commencement of the ceremony floral tributes will be laid at the statue of the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka D.S. Senanayake opposite Independence Square, Colombo 7 at the auspicious time of 7.30 am.
The independence parade will consist of 5922, tri forces, police, civil defence force and youth brigade personnel while a cultural troupe of 600 is also set to perform at the ceremony.
Preceding the ceremony religious observances will be held with an all-night Pirith chanting ceremony at the Independence Square on 2nd February and an Alms Giving ceremony on the following day. Hindu, Islamic and Christian religious ceremonies will also be held in parallel.