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Sri Lankan Flag Description The flag of Sri Lanka features a golden lion with a maroon background, with a gold leaf in each corner.
The lion symbolizes the native Sinhalese people of the island, the word Sinha meaning lion. The ancient royal dynasty in the region was called Sinha. The lion on the Sri Lankan flag holds a sword called a kastane sword, together symbols of bravery.
The dark red of the lion's background was incorporated to reflect the color of early Sri Lankan flags. The leaves in each corner of the crimson rectangle are Bo leaves, representing four essential Buddhist concepts: Mettha (kindness), Karuna (compassion), Muditha (joy), Upekkha (equanimity).
On the hoist side of the flag are narrow vertical stripes of green and orange, representing minorities in Sri Lanka. The green represents the Moors (and the religion of Islam) and the orange symbolizes Tamils.
Last Updated On : October 05, 2012