India’s 73rd Republic Day celebrations in Sri Lanka

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The High Commission yesterday celebrated India’s 73rd Republic Day in Colombo. 

It was on 26 January 1950 that the world’s largest written constitution came into force. This momentous occasion will be observed through a series of ceremonies and events organised by the High Commission throughout the day in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol.

After paying tributes to the fallen heroes of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) at the IPKF memorial, High Commissioner Gopal Baglay hoisted India’s national flag at the India House – residence of the High Commissioner of India – and inspected the Guard of Honour. The High Commissioner also read excerpts of the President of India’s message. 

A special video message from External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar was shared with the audience. The event also featured songs by the Sri Lanka Navy band and a cultural program organised by the High Commission’s ‘Swami Vivekananda’ Cultural Centre.

During the day, the High Commissioner will participate in the Republic Day celebrations at the Ratmalana Param Dhamma Chaitya Pirivena, where around 10 Indian students are studying. Prayers by the ‘Mahasangha’ to invoke the blessings of The Buddha were organised during the event.

In the evening, a ceremonial reception was held at the India House for friends of India.

The 73rd Republic Day of India coincides with celebrations of 75 years of India’s Independence –‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (AKAM), across the globe. 

The High Commission is commencing a series of special events dedicated to AKAM from 26 January – 4 February. The events will include a mega cultural event, unveiling the bust of Rabindranath Tagore at Sri Palee Campus of University of Colombo, trade promotion event etc.

Consulate Generals of India in Hambantota and Jaffna and the Assistant High Commission in Kandy also observed the 73rd Republic Day of India by organising special events.