The Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued a new postage stamp in the denomination of Rs. 15.00 on the National Independence Day on February 04, 2018, to commemorate the 70th year of independence of Sri Lanka from the British Empire.
|Date of Issue||04 February, 2018
|Catalogue No:||CSL 2270|
|Stamp Designer||Stamp Size:||40mm x 40mm|
|Sheet Composition:||20 stamps per sheet|
This commemorative stamp depicts the 70th commemorative logo of the National Independence Day celebrations held under the theme ‘One Nation’, using a painting in the Hall of Independence which is the symbol of freedom of this country.
The Hall of Independence was built on a block of land at Kurunduwatta in Colombo to commemorate the occasion of independence after Sri Lanka received independence from the British Imperialism in 1948. Today this building and its precincts are known as the Independence Square.
This building is constructed resembling the structure of the Audience Hall or the ‘Magul Maduwa’ in Kandy where the historic Kandyan Convention of 1815 was signed. The Independence Museum is housed on the ground floor of this Hall which has been built preserving the ancient architectural style. The statue of Right Honourable D. S. Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of this country, has been erected in front of this building.
The Independence Hall which is a symbol of independence of this country is built with seating facilities to accommodate at the same time, all the 224 Members of the House of Parliament and the House of Senate of this county at the time of independence. The open area of the Independence Square is designed enabling seating facilities for 25,000 persons and room for over one hundred thousand members of the public. During the early periods of independence, annual Independence Day celebrations were held on these premises and by now it has become a memorable site where functions of national importance are held.
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