National Emblem of Sri Lanka
On 22nd May 1972, Sri Lanka became a Republic under new constitution. For the
Republic Day celebration, a necessity of a National Emblem was felt by the then
secretary, Nissanka Wijerathna and Minister of Cultural Affairs Mr.Kulathilake
summoned a meeting to the Ministry.
The symbols of the National Emblem depict the following.
Sun and Moon
It depicts the prosperous and self sufficient country, where the Dhamma will be protected
until the Sun and moon lasts.
Swan Carrying a Lotus or Nelum stem
The swan has the ability to separate milk from water. This depicts the power to
differentiate what is good and bad.
The Filled Pot
It depicts prosperity.
Saman Creeper and Four Bo Leaves
Saman creeper depicts purity and the four Bo leaves Buddhism.
Depicting Lion on the center of the Emblem represents the National Emblem. The nelum
or Lotus leaves round the Lion depict purity.
The filled pot bearing the lotus or Nelum leaves has paddy sheaves spreading on either
side. The paddy sheaves depicting prosperity, filling pot depicting fullness, Dhamma
Chakka at the top depicting righoutness, depicting the Moon on the right side of the
Emblem has given pride of place to calmness.
Colours used in the Emblem
As Nelum or Lotus flower is depicted, the colour Blue is used. Lion is on a Red
background, as this colour represents our Nation.
Usage of the National Emblem
It is completely forbidden to use the National emblem in private correspondence and
could only be used on all official purposes. This is also by the state official in their
official duties. It is also forbidden to modify change, alteration of the Emblem used