Flag of Sri Lanka (GIF)



The flag of Sri Lanka (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජාතික කොඩිය, Tamil: இலங்கையின் தேசியக்கொடி), known as the Sinha Flag or Lion Flag, is a highly symbolic and intricate design. It features a golden lion holding a kastane sword in its right forepaw, set against a maroon background, and surrounded by four gold bo leaves, each positioned in one corner. The maroon background and the lion represent the Sinhalese people and their historical legacy. The saffron border and the presence of four bo leaves symbolize important Buddhist concepts, including loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. The two vertical stripes, one in teal and the other in orange, represent the country's two largest minority communities, with the orange stripe signifying the Tamil population and the green stripe representing the Sri Lankan Moors (Muslims of Sri Lanka). The golden-yellow border represents the various other minority communities in Sri Lanka. This flag beautifully encapsulates the nation's ethnic diversity, its historical heritage, and its commitment to unity and peace, making it a powerful symbol of Sri Lanka's identity and values.

Proportion:1:2
Adopted:May 22, 1972
Flag image:Animated GIF (25 frames looped)
Flag emoji code:🇱🇰

The emblem of Sri Lanka on a waving white flag
The emblem of Sri Lanka is a symbolically rich and intricately designed emblem. It prominently features a gold lion passant, holding a sword in its right fore paw, which is the same lion depicted on the flag of Sri Lanka. This central motif stands on a maroon background surrounded by golden petals of the Blue Lotus, the national flower, symbolizing purity and enlightenment. Beneath the lion, a traditional grain vase with sheaves of rice grains reflects prosperity and abundance. The crest is the Dharmachakra, representing Buddhism and just rule, signifying the nation's strong connection to Buddhist culture. The supporters include traditional Sinhalese heraldic symbols for the sun and the moon. This emblem beautifully encapsulates Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage, historical legacy, and its strong ties to Buddhism, making it a powerful symbol of the nation's identity and values.

The Sri Lanka flag is waving on a flagpole rising from the globe.
Sri Lanka, officially known as the Sri Lankan Democratic Socialist Republic, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean. Its capitals are Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (official) and Colombo (executive and judicial), and its population is about 22.16 million (2021). According to its maritime borders, it borders with India and the Maldives.

The waving flag of Sri Lanka with its emblem (unofficial)
COUNTRY PROFILE
Capital:Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Other major cities:Colombo,
Kaduwela
Official languages:Sinhala, Tamil
Region:Southern Asia
Ethnic groups:74.9% Sinhalese,
11.2% Sri Lankan Tamils,
9.2% Sri Lankan Moors,
4.2% Indian Tamils,
0.5% Others
Religions:70.2% Buddhism,
12.6% Hinduism,
9.7% Islam,
7.4% Christianity,
0.1% Other/None
Nationality name:Sri Lankan
Area:65,610 km² (25,330 sq mi)
Population:22.16 million (2021)
Currency:Sri Lankan rupee
Country codes:LK, LKA (ISO 3166)
Internet Top-Level Domain:.lk
Calling code:+94


Keywords: Flag and emblem of Sri Lanka (Sinhala: ශ්රී ලංකාවේ ජාතික කොඩිය; Tamil: இலங்கையின் தேசியக்கொடி), GIF

References:
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Sri_Lanka
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emblem_of_Sri_Lanka

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