Flags,  General

Flags oF Provinces in Sri Lanka

These are the information of Flags of Provinces. Provincial flags for the modern provinces of Sri Lanka were first introduced in 1987. Most of the flags are based upon ancient Sinhalese flags, and or symbols for their respective regions. There are nine (09) flags according to nine provinces.

1. Northern Province

The flag is designed to represents the North province and its five districts Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vaunia and Mulathiw. Its main city is Jaffna. The province consists of 32 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 8290 square kilometers. The Wild Jasmine is the flower of this province. This area is being implemented after rescuing from the useless war.

The blue border is ocean resource, Green colour is the greenery and agriculture, Red colour is labour, industriousness and Hindu culture and religion. White colour is fraternity, peace; radiating sun indicates synergy of power and natural energy source, also Tamil people and language in the province.

 

 

2. North central Province

The flag is designed to represents the North central province and its two districts Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Its main city and first capital city is Anuradhapura, according to civilization in Sri Lanka. The province consists of 29 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 9741 square kilometers. The Ehela Mala is the flower of this province. The main livelihood of this province is agriculture.

In this religious city there are eight scared places, they are called “Atamasthana” (Sri maha bodhiya, Ruwanweliseya, Thuparamaya…) and many tanks situated in this province. The local and foreign people come to every day this place to watch them, because this province has cultural value also.

The flag is similar to that of the National flag with the yellow border, the two vertical green and orange stripes and the four Bo leaves in the corner of the maroon box.

 

 

3. Central Province

The flag is designed to represents the Central province and its three districts Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale. Its main city is Kandy. The province consists of 36 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 5575 square kilometers. The Maharath Mala is the flower of this province. In this province Tea is grown well and a temperate climatic condition is prevailing throughout the year.

The golden colour lion that carries a sword and the four Bo leaves at the four corners in the maroon colour background represents the Kandy district. The White layout represents Matale district and Nuwara Eliya district that represents the up country is symbolized by the White lotus. The sun and moon are for eternity.

4. North Western Province

The flag is designed to represents the North West province and its two districts Kurunegala and Puttalam. Its main city is Kurunegala. Other main towns in this province are Chilaw and Puttalam, which are both small fishing towns. The province consists of 46 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 7506 square kilometers. The Etteriya is the flower of this province. The main livelihood of this province is agriculture and this province is known mainly for its numerous coconut plantation.

The flag of the North western province is of a brown bovine with a sun and moon symbol on a white background. There 15 small eight-pointed cross-stars on the background. The whole flag is surrounded by a green and brown woven border.

5. Western Province

The flag is designed to represents the Western province and its three districts Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthra. Its main city is Colombo and it has many important places, some of them are the Economic center, Airport, Central Bank, Famous Schools, Universities and industrial production centers. The province consists of 40 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 3593 square kilometers. The White lily is the flower of this province.

Its outer rectangle is green with the next one being white. It has decorative green and yellow leaves and in the corners are four arrows separating each side. In the dark red central rectangle, there are four Bo leaves in the corners and three white rings in the middle. Within the first is a three headed golden snake, in the central one is a golden lion with sword and in the last one is a golden bird or cock with a sword.

 

6. Southern Province

The flag is designed to represents the South province and its three districts Galle, Matara and Hambanthota. Its main city and most developed area is Galle. The province consists of 45 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 5383 square kilometers. The Heen Bovitiya is the flower of this province. The livelihoods of this province are agriculture, fisheries and salt industry.

A picture of a lion flag can be seen in frescos in historical Dambulla cave temple. This historical flag made of carving a picture of running lion with a small sword in its forepaw is considered to be the Ruhuna flag.

The flag is of a picture of a yellow lion on a red blood colour background. Accordingly, it was decided to use for the Southern Provincial flag the picture of the lion running with a small sword in its fore paw of the Ruhuna flag and the red colour and yellow colour of the flag taken in the war front by King Dutugamunu.

It was agreed that the forms of the sun and moon of the flag of Southern Province flag should be in the same forms of the sun and moon of the flag of Devinuwara Devalaya and that the same form of that of the flag of Hambantota District. Accordingly, it was expected to keep the integration of Galle, matara and Hambantota. Therefore, Southern Province flag can be considered as a combination of several traditional flags.

 

 

7. Uva Province

The flag is designed to represents the North province and its two districts Badulla and Monaragala. Its main city is Badulla. The province consists of 26 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 3154 square kilometers. The Gurulu Raja is the flower of this province.

The flag that was gifted to Uva Province by the King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe who ruled the kingdom of Kandy during the period 1798-1815 can be seen even today at the National Museum (Courtesy: Book entitled “Uva Ithihasaya” by Panditha Naulle Dhammananda Thero ).

The flag of the Uva is a red and yellow flag of a bird. It is bordered by a series of patterns, and also pleasantness, innocence, greatnes and royalty, a flag with a picture of swan had been allotted to the Uva province.

 

 

8. Sabaragamuwa Province

The flag is designed to represents the Sabaragamuwa province and its two districts Rathnapura and Kegalle. Its main city is Rathnapura. The province consists of 28 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 4921 square kilometers. The Vesak mala is the flower of this province. The livelihoods of this province agriculture and Gems mining is the most important industry.

The flag of the Sabaragamuwa is a dark red flag boarded by yellow edges, like the Sri Lankan flag. It has four yellow Bo leaves in the corners and in the middle is a lion holding a whip like object, there are also a Sun and a Moon either side of the lion.

9. Eastern Province

The flag is designed to represents the East province and its three districts Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara. Its main city is Batticaloa.

The province consists of 42 provincial divisional secretariats. Its area is 9361 square kilometers. The Goda Manel is the flower of this province. The main livelihoods of this province agriculture and fisheries. A new provincial council is being developed in this area.

The flag of the North eastern province is similar to the current flag of Northern Province. It has a symbol of the Sun in the middle of the flag, with three vertical stripes red, white and green.

 

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