Sri Lanka celebrates its 67th Independence Day on 4th February 2015. Exactly 200 years ago that was in 1815 Sri Lanka, known as ‘Ceylon’ became a British Colony. Even though Britain invaded Ceylon in 1796 they were only able to capture Kandy that is the last kingdom of Sri Lanka in 1815.
Before British, Portuguese ruled the coastal areas from 1505-1658. Then Dutch captured the coastal areas from 1658-1796 until the British invasion.
The firs struggle against the British army started in 1817 with ‘Uva Rebellion’. Like the UvaRebellion there were many unsuccessful struggles. But in the beginning of 20th century Sri Lanka adopted a more political approach which was led by Our father of Independence D.S. Senanayake. As a result we obtain Independence in 1948 and Our first Prime Minister was D.S. Senanayake.
Independence day celebration was organized in a grand scale. It was held at the Parliament grounds with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. Main highlight was the military parade. It comprised of over 5000 Army personnel.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping extended their wishes to the Sri Lankan President and the people of Sri Lanka in view of our Independence Day.