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A dignified celebration of freedom at Independence Square

An All-Night Pirith Chanting ceremony was held at the Independence Memorial Hall at Independence Square. Colombo, under the patronage of Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne to mark Sri Lanka’s 73rd Independence Day. The Independence Day ceremony will be held today at the same location.

Sri Lanka will hold the 73rd Independence Day celebrations in a solemn and simple manner under the theme a ‘Prosperous Tomorrow - Prosperous Motherland’ at Independence Square at 8 a.m. today (4) under the auspices of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The celebration will commence following the paying of floral tributes to the statue of D.S. Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of independent Sri Lanka. The President will hoist the National Flag amidst the beating of Magul Bera.

The National Anthem will be sung by a group of 45 school students. It would be followed by the Jayamangala Gatha as well as the blessings to the country.

A 21-Gun Salute will be accorded to the Nation before the President makes his Address to the Nation, which will be broadcast on all TV and radio channels. This will be followed by the march past of the Tri-Forces, Police, Civil Defence Force and the cultural parade.

All Government institutions and other institutions are requested to hoist the National flag from today until February 7 to commemorate the 73rd Independence Day. Arrangements have been made to hold Hindu, Muslim, Catholic and Christian religious ceremonies, including an all night Pirith Chanting to coincide with the Independence Day celebrations. Special tree planting programmes will also be held at village level to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, 146 prisoners will receive a Presidential pardon to mark Independence Day.

Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne participates in religious observances at the all-night pirith chanting ceremony held to bless the Nation on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Independence at the Independence Memorial Hall. Picture courtesy President Media Division