Pomp and pageantry amid President’s call to overcome difficulties | Print edition

By kasunwarakapitiya

Views) :

  • Non-presentation of SJB, JVP and Catholic clergy during the official celebration
  • 74th Independence Day Celebrations

Overcoming challenges with a positive mindset was the overriding theme as the country celebrated its 74th Independence Day on Friday.

The main celebration was held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Independence Square in Colombo.

This year’s celebration took place with the participation of 6,500 personnel from the three forces, the police, the civil defense force and the national cadet corps. Staff who participated in the celebrations were placed in a bio-bubble in the days leading up to the event, in accordance with COVID-19 protocol.

The main celebrations in Independence Square. Photo by Eshan Fernando

Government ministers and MPs, foreign diplomats, senior government and military officials and other distinguished guests attended the event. However, opposition political parties such as Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramauna (JVP) have boycotted this year’s celebrations. The Catholic Church also boycotted the official event.

Even though the event was to take place under strict COVID-19 guidelines, several guests were spotted without face masks.

The event began with the President hoisting the Sri Lankan flag and singing the national anthem. This was followed by the Jayamangala Gatha sung by students.

In his Independence Day message to the nation, the President paid tribute to all the patriots who dedicated their lives to securing freedom for the country.

“When we lead the country in the right direction, we know that the support of every person in the country cannot be expected. We are not ready to abandon our plans for the future prosperity of the country by looking at those who will not change. Our aim is to do what is right for the country, not to please everyone,” President Rajapaksa said.

“We can only move forward with a positive attitude that looks to the future with optimism. We can only overcome the challenges we face if we dedicate ourselves to a victorious journey,” he said.

He also said that the government should improve the three sectors of agriculture, industry and services to strengthen Sri Lanka’s economy. Particular attention should be given to ways and means of increasing export earnings while encouraging local production, he added.

He said hard times don’t last forever and called on patriotic Sri Lankans to unite to build a proud nation that has achieved the true meaning of freedom.

A cultural dance segment, which included traditional dance numbers from the hinterland and lowland and Sabaragamu, closed out this year’s celebrations.

The best way to say you’ve found your dream home is to find it on Hitad.lk. We have listings of apartments for sale or for rent in Sri Lanka, whatever location you are looking for! Whether you live in Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Matara, Jaffna and more – we have them all!

About admin

Check Also

UK minister warns US politicians to be careful of their language on Northern Ireland

One of Boris Johnson’s ministers has hit back at senior US Congress officials as tensions …