The National Flag symbolizes:

Posted on 04/03/2021

  1. The Lion : The Sinhala race and the strength of the nation.

  2. The Sword in the lion's hand : the sovereignty of the country.

  3. Curly hair on the lion's head: religious observance, wisdom and meditation.

  4. The beard of the lion: purity of words.

  5. The handle of the sword: the elements of water, fire, air and earth that the country is made with.

  6. The nose of the lion: intelligence.

  7. The two front paws of the lion: purity in handling wealth.

  8. The vertical orange stripe: the Tamil minority race.

  9. The green vertical stripe: the Muslim minority race.

  10. The Bo Leaves at the four corners: Buddhism and its influence on the nation, and the four virtues of Buddhism: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Altruistic joy, and Equanimity.

  11. The Yellow border round the flag: other minority races.

  12. The maroon Colored portion of the flag: the minor religions.

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