The 75th National Independence Day – themed “Namo Namo Matha – A Big Step towards a Century” – is celebrated ceremoniously today (February 04) at the Galle Face Green in Colombo as the country is trying to unlock a USD 2.8 billion IMF bailout package to facilitate access to financial support to get the economy back on track.
The main ceremony will commence at 8.30 a.m. at Galle Face Green under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
The festivities are scheduled to begin after the offering of floral tributes at the statue of Mahamanya D.S. Senanayake at Independence Square and the statue of the war heroes at the Presidential Secretariat.
During this celebration, the government said it would announce a new reformist course for the next 25 years for the implementation of a stable government policy right until the 100th Independence Day celebrations in 2048.
The ceremony is joined by Armed Forces, the Police, the Civil Defense Force and the National Cadet Corps Sri Lanka.
A special traffic plan will be in place today to ensure the smooth function of the ceremony without causing interruptions to general traffic flow and commuters.
Meanwhile, many cultural and religious programs have been organized throughout the country in conjunction with the 75th National Independence Festival.