List of Sri Lankan flags

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This is a list of flags used in Sri Lanka.

National Flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 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[edit]

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
Presidential Standard of Sri Lanka (Maithripala Sirisena).svg 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.
Presidential Flag Mahinda Rajapaksa.gif 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.
Chandrika BK Presidential Flag.gif 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[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Civil Ensign of Sri Lanka.svg 1972 – Civil Ensign of Sri Lanka A red ensign with the Flag of Sri Lanka in the canton influenced by the British design.
Blue Ensign of Sri Lanka.svg 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[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Sri Lankan Army Flag.svg 1972 - President's Colour A defaced national flag of Sri Lanka with Coat of arms of Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka Army Flag And Crest.JPG 1972 - Flag of the Sri Lanka Army The army flag defaced with the insignia of the Sri Lanka Army.
Naval Ensign of Sri Lanka.svg 1972 - Naval Ensign of Sri Lanka A defaced white ensign with the flag of Sri Lanka in the canton influenced by the British design.
Ensign of the Sri Lanka Air Force.svg 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.
Ensign of the Sri Lanka Air Force 1971-2010.svg 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[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Sl police flag.jpg 1972 - Flag of the Sri Lanka Police Service

Provincial Flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Central Province.png 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.

Eastern Province Flag (SRI LANKA).png January 1, 2007 - Flag of Eastern Province
Flag of the North Central Province (Sri Lanka).PNG November 14, 1987 - Flag of North Central Province
Flag of the Northeast Province (Sri Lanka).png 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
Flag of the Northern Province.svg 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
Flag of the North Western Province (Sri Lanka).PNG November 14, 1987 - Flag of North Western Province
Flag of the Sabaragamuwa Province (Sri Lanka).PNG November 14, 1987 - Flag of Sabaragamuwa Province
Flag of the Southern Province (Sri Lanka).PNG 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

Flag of the Uva Province (Sri Lanka) SVG.svg 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 )

Western Province Flag (SRI LANKA).png November 14, 1987 - Flag of Western Province

Historical Flags[edit]

National flags[edit]

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

Royal Standards[edit]

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

Viceregal flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Governor-General of Ceylon 2.gif 1953–1972 Flag of the Governor-General of Ceylon A lion standing atop a crown, over "Ceylon"
Governor-General of Ceylon 1.gif 1948–1953 Flag of the Governor-General of Ceylon A lion standing atop a crown, over "Ceylon"
Governor Ceylon.gif 1875–1948 Flag of the Governor of Ceylon A Union Flag defaced with Arms of the Ceylon Government.

Military Flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
1966–1972 Second Flag of the Ceylon Army
Flag of the Ceylon army (1949–1966).jpg 1949–1966 First Flag of the Ceylon Army
Naval Ensign of the Royal Ceylon Navy.svg 1950–1972 Ensign of the Royal Ceylon Navy
Ensign of the Royal Ceylon Air Force.svg 1951–1972 Ensign of the Royal Ceylon Air Force