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Sri Lanka's Independence Day to be celebrated as "National Day.".

Sweden, Jan. 25 -- The Minister of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government, Vajira Abeywardena stated at a media briefing that the National Independence Day will be celebrated as the National Day.

The 71st National Day celebrations are scheduled to be held on the 4th of February at the Galle Face Green, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

"Independence Day is called National Day. It is mentioned as the National Day in the Clause 8 of the Constitution, not as Freedom Day. Do not make a big problem out of this. According to clause 8 of the Constitution, this is correct," the Minister was quoted as saying and further stated that the day will be celebrated accordingly.

The media briefing held at the Government Information Department on 23rd January, Minister Vajira Abeywardena, commenting stated that the 8th article of the Constitution mentions that the day is formally known as the 'National Day' and not Day of Independence.

At the Media briefing Minister gave the summary of the preparations for the 71st National Day.

Accordingly, the road stretch from Kollupitiya Junction to the Lotus roundabout is slated to be temporarily closed for several days in the months of January and February, owing to National Day rehearsals.

The road will be closed off on 26th, 27th and 31st of January and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of February.

During the proceedings of the National Day ceremony, the Galle Face Centre Road will be kept closed from 4.00 a.m. until the conclusion of the ceremony and traffic restrictions will be imposed on several roads surrounding Galle Face Green and in Colombo Fort from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

A military parade involving 3620 personnel from Sri Lanka Army, 1,249 personal from Sri Lanka Navy, 830 personnel from the Sri Lanka Air Force, 800 personnel from the Sri Lanka Police, 505 personnel from the Civil Defense Force and the 100 from the National Cadet Corps will be held.

The National Day celebrations will be concluded with a 25-gun naval salute to the nation at the auspicious time - 12 noon.

The government has asked people to keep the national flag hoisted in all government offices, every household and all business premises from February 1 to 7 to mark the National Day.

A cultural pageant comprising 865 musicians and dancers and the special parade by Police, Tri-forces personnel along with civil security forces and the National Cadet Corps will take part in the celebrations.

Buddhist religious rituals have been organized from February 2 at 9:30 am until 4:45 pm on February 3 at the Independence Square in Colombo 7. An all night pirith ceremony will be held at the Independence Square in Colombo 7. The ceremony will be followed by an alms-giving for monks at the Sri Sambodhi temple in Colombo.

Abeywardane said that "Independence Day" has now been re-designated as "National Day" because the Sri Lankan constitution has described the day as National Day.

Hindu religious rituals will also take place on February 4 from 06:30 am at the Manikka Pillayar Kovil while Islamic religious rituals will take place on the same date from 6 am at the Jawatte Jumma mosque.

Catholics can take part in religious rituals on February 4 from 6:15 am at the Infant Jesus Church in Slave Island while Christian religious rituals will be held on the same date and time at the Presbyterian Church in Colombo 6.

Garlanding of the statue of the Father of the Nation, the late Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake will take place at 7.30 am on February 4.

Minister Abeywardane further said that instructions have already been given to District Secretariats to make arrangements to organize National Day celebrations at district level except in the Western Province.

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Date:Jan 25, 2019
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