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Sri Lanka 70th Independence Day Parade, Colombo, February 4, 2018 — YouTube Video.

by Anura Guruge



I happened to see these images and they looked pretty impressive.
So, I went looking for a YouTube video.

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They seem to have gone all out. Looks grand, and Galle Face, which I remember well, looks a treat.

National Anthem is done very well too.

Well, big anniversary, 70 years.

The only thing that made me sad & mad was the parade of stupid German cars. But, what can I say. My brethren are not that enlightened. Very enamored by all things shiny irrespective significance or background.


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Ahead Of February 4, 2017 Sri Lanka ‘Independence Day’ Some Drawings From 1950s Ceylon.

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This drawings are Copyright protected.







Yes, these are MY drawings, in crayon, when I was about 6 or 7.

For those that are familiar with Ceylon/Sri Lanka the scenes should be recognizable! The beach, with the ships and a kite flyer is Galle Face, in Colombo.

The top picture is of Sri Lankan devil dancers.

A car on the 2nd floor of the house was NOT some aberration. That was actually the case. The house, the house that I lived in, was built on the side of a hill. So there was a level below the car porch, if you viewed the house from the back!

The hunter is a genuine Vedda — the original indigenous folks of the island. I had been out to see them.


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Sri Lanka Aims To Have World’s Largest Christmas Tree!

by Anura Guruge


> >> Construction RESTARTED! << <<

Partly constructed tree will be lit Christmas Eve, 2016.

Refer to this post.


Click here to access original from Sri Lanka “Daily News
from August 20, 2016.

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It was this effort to ban Christmas trees
in Catholic Churches last Christmas
that has motivated this desire to raise the
tallest Christmas tree in Sri Lanka.

Click here to access the “National Post” original.

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Tallest Christmas tree to-date. 361.25 feet, in Mexico City, in 2013. From the “NAM News Agency“.
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My attempt to show YOU the scale.


This is SO quintessentially Sri Lankan. I love it. This was a country that in the 1960s did away with the Western ‘Sunday/Monday …’ calendar and went with a phases of the moon based one. A proudly democratic nation that tried to nationalize the press! Stuff like this is good to show that the once well known national trait for ‘sloth’ is now (hopefully) history.

We celebrated Christmas when I lived in Ceylon. My surrogate father, with whom I spent ‘half my time’ (and most of weekends and holidays) was a well to do, childless lawyer. He was also a Baptist Burgher (i.e., a white European descendent living in Ceylon). I always got pillowcases full of Christmas presents from him (the husband of my eldest aunt) and they always threw a gala Christmas lunch — with imported lamb from New Zealand — for the rest of the family. But I can’t remember having a Christmas tree at his house. I had another aunty, another baptist, who I think did have one at her lavish, government provided residence. Her husband, my uncle, was the Municipal Commissioner for Colombo. No matter. This is a GREAT idea.

As an out-and-out pagan I am all in favor. Yes, we all know that Christmas trees have nothing to do with Christianity. They have all to do with paganism, eternal life (i.e., evergreen) and SOL (i.e., the Sun (King)). I think it is a great idea. Bravo. Kudos. Sri Lankans should think of it as they do ‘Sunday’. It is in HONOR of MY Sun God (Sol).

Not sure that ‘Galle Face’ (a place that we used to go at least once a week) is a good place for a Christmas Tree — though the symbolism of having the Sun set, majestically, into the Indian Ocean, behind the tree can’t be beat. I think the salty wind and the HEAT of Sri Lanka will do a job on the poor tree. But I look forward to seeing this happen.

Thank YOU, Sri Lanka.

That the ‘Tanned Ratziner‘, Sri Lanka’s often misguided cardinal TRIED (not that successfully from what I see) to ban Christmas trees is also classic Sri Lankan. Ranjith, Ranjith, Ranjith. You have to chill out, man.



Three Comments re. the picture at top of a guy in a sarong trying to dig a hole.

  1. Why aren’t there are ANY females in this picture. Sri Lanka’s GREATEST achievement was that it was the 1st country in the world to have an ELECTED Female Prime Minister, my ‘aunty’ Bandaranaike.
  2. You can’t dig a hole for a 400′ Christmas tree using a shovel. Get an excavator.
  3. Couldn’t help but notice the ‘Dahl (lentil) Bellies’ on all the ‘older’ men. This is the problem with Ceylon’s white rice and dahl based diet. Goes right to the waist.

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Ahead Of February 4 Sri Lanka Independence Day Let Me Share Some Real Old Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


These are Public Domain pictures.

[So don’t even THINK about putting copyright notices on them.]

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SLJetty

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I can, from my time in Ceylon 1953 to 1967, relate to ALL these pictures. I remember Colombo jetty when it was like that I have gone out on launches from that jetty many times to visit ships in the harbour. The Town Hall hasn’t changed any and Galle Face, at least the front, is just as I remember from my time. Peradeniya is much the same. So these are COOL. Not postcards per se. Cigarette Cards — which they used to include in packets. I have found about 240 of these.


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