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List of Sri Lankan flags

This is a list of flags used in Sri Lanka.

National Flag

Flag Date Use Description
1972 - Flag of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Modified flag of the Dominion of Ceylon. Used since the proclamation of the Republic in 1972.

Presidential Flag

This flag is personal to every President of Sri Lanka as such the design changes when a new president assumes office.

Flag Date Use Description
January 9, 2015 - Presidential flag of Sri Lanka - Maithripala Sirisena The flag has a maroon, a yellow ornamental border, the 4 inward-pointing yellow leaves and a lotus in the center.
November 19, 2005 - January 8, 2015 Presidential flag of Sri Lanka - Mahinda Rajapaksa The flag has a maroon or burgundy field, a yellow ornamental border, the 4 inward-pointing yellow leaves which are also on the main portion of the national flag, and a yellow lotus in the center.
November 12, 1994 - November 19, 2005 Presidential flag of Sri Lanka - Chandrika Kumaratunga Yellow flag with red-white-red unequal border and four white pipul leaves, one in each corner. In the middle there is a red white and yellow rosette.

Civil Ensigns

Flag Date Use Description
1972 – Civil Ensign of Sri Lanka A red ensign with the Flag of Sri Lanka in the canton influenced by the British design.
1972 - Blue Ensign of Sri Lanka A blue ensign with the Flag of Sri Lanka in the canton influenced by the British design. The Blue Ensign is flown by merchant vessels commanded by an officer of the SLVNF.

Military Flags

Flag Date Use Description
1972 - President's Colour A defaced national flag of Sri Lanka with Coat of arms of Sri Lanka.
1972 - Flag of the Sri Lanka Army The army flag defaced with the insignia of the Sri Lanka Army.
1972 - Naval Ensign of Sri Lanka A defaced white ensign with the flag of Sri Lanka in the canton influenced by the British design.
2010 - Air Force Ensign of Sri Lanka A defaced sky blue ensign with the flag of Sri Lanka in the canton and Air Force roundel influenced by the British design.
1971 - 2010 Air Force Ensign of Sri Lanka A defaced sky blue ensign with the flag of Sri Lanka in the canton and Air Force roundel influenced by the British design.

Government Flags

Flag Date Use Description
1972 - Flag of the Sri Lanka Police Service

Provincial Flags

Flag Date Use Description
November 14, 1987 - Flag of Central Province The flag is designed to represents the Central Province and it’s three districts Kandy, Matale and Nuwaraeliya. The Golden color Lion that carries a sword and the four Bo leaves at the four corners in the maroon color background represents the Kandy District. The white lay out represents Matale District and Nuwaraeiya District that represents the Upcountry is symbolized by the white lotus. The Sun and Moon are for Eternity.
January 1, 2007 - Flag of Eastern Province
November 14, 1987 - Flag of North Central Province
November 14, 1987 - December 31, 2006 Flag of North Eastern Province Was adapted as the Flag of the North Province after the demerger of the North-Eastern Province
January 1, 2007 - Flag of Northern Province Blue border - ocean resource; Green - the greenery and agriculture; Red - labour, industriousness and Hindu culture, religion; White - fraternity, peace; Radiating sun indicates synergy of power and natural energy source, also Tamil people and language in the Province
November 14, 1987 - Flag of North Western Province
November 14, 1987 - Flag of Sabaragamuwa Province
November 14, 1987 - Flag of Southern Province 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. Furthermore, King Dutugamunu left Magam Kingdom with the lion flag ahead for the battle to unite the country. 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 (iluk koolaya) 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 decided to use the same for the Southern Province flag mixture of colours and the standared to represent all communities in Galle, Matara, and Hambantota and four bo leaves (Metta, Karuna, Muditha, Upeksha) of the national flag. 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. The small sword (iluk Koolaya) is the symbol of control, but it doesn't reflect terror or suppression. Small sword represents Justice and fair. Running lion represents velocity fearlessness and pride. The sun and moon stands for stability prosperity and augustness. It expresses the traditional saying "Until the sun and moon exists". The sun and moon of the flag is considered to be symbols of victory. The combination of colours round the flag depict the existence of Southern Sri Lanka, victorious war history, religion and patriotism, mutual co-operation and harmony
November 14, 1987 - Flag of Uva Province In the days of the Sinhala kings, Sri Lanka had been divided into twelve provinces and ruled and each of these twelve provinces had been allotted a flag. Accordingly, in order to bring about qualities such as pleasantness, innocence, greatness and royalty, a flag with a picture of swan had been allotted to the Uva 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 )
November 14, 1987 - Flag of Western Province

Historical Flags

National flags

Flag Date Use Description
1875–1948 Flag of Ceylon's Colonial Government A defaced blue ensign with the Arms of the Ceylon Government.
1948–1951 The first flag of the Dominion of Ceylon The Royal Standard of the Kandyan Kingdom, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka.
1951–1972 Flag of the Dominion of Ceylon Modified flag of Kandyan Kingdom, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka.

Royal Standards

Flag Date Use Description
???? - 1815 Royal Standard of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

Viceregal flags

Flag Date Use Description
1953–1972 Flag of the Governor-General of Ceylon A lion standing atop a crown, over "Ceylon"
1948–1953 Flag of the Governor-General of Ceylon A lion standing atop a crown, over "Ceylon"
1875–1948 Flag of the Governor of Ceylon A Union Flag defaced with Arms of the Ceylon Government.

Military Flags

Flag Date Use Description
1966–1972 Second Flag of the Ceylon Army
1949–1966 First Flag of the Ceylon Army
1950–1972 Ensign of the Royal Ceylon Navy
1951–1972 Ensign of the Royal Ceylon Air Force
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