Flag of Sri Lanka

Flag_of_Sri_Lanka_svg.pngThe national flag of Sri Lanka represents the country and its heritage as rallying device that integrates the minorities with the majority race. Most symbols in the flag have been given distinctive meanings.




The Lion and the golden colour of lion

The strength and braveness of the Sri Lankan nation and the Sinhalese ethnicity.

The bo leaves

Buddhism and its influence on the nation. They also stand for the four virtues of Kindness, Friendliness, Happiness and Equanimity.

The sword of the lion

The sovereignty of the nation and the braveness of its people

The curly hair on the lion's head

Religious observance, wisdom and meditation

The eight hairs on lion's tail

The Noble Eightfold Path

The beard of the lion

Purity of words

The handle of the sword

The elements of water, fire, air and earth

The nose of the lion


The two front paws of the lion

Purity in handling wealth

The vertical orange stripe

The Tamil ethnicity

The vertical green stripe

The Muslim faith and Moor ethnicity

The yellow border round the flag

People from all cultures living together in Sri Lanka including Dutch and Portuguese Burghers

The maroon background

This represents the other minor religions.


When Vijaya, the first King  of the southern parts of island of Sri Lanka, arrived in Sri Lanka from India in 486 BC, he brought with him a flag with a symbol of a lion on it. Since then, the Lion symbol played a significant role in the history of Sri Lanka.