Ten Things (I Bet) You Don’t Know About Sri Lanka


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1. Quick Facts: Sri Lanka is home to a little over 21 million people and the official languages are Sinhala and Tamil.  The major cities include Kandy, Matara, Galle, and Colombo, which is the capital city.  Sri Lanka endured colonization under the Portuguese, Dutch, and British and finally gained independence in February 1948 as a dominion within the British Commonwealth known as “Ceylon”.

Elephant Festival, Japiur, Rajasthan

2.  Sri Lanka has more public holidays and festivals than any other country in the world.  This is largely due to Sri Lanka’s religiously diverse population.  Although the dominate religion is Buddhism, Sri Lanka also has sizable populations of Hindus, Christians, and Muslims who each have their respective holidays.  One of the most well-known religious observances is known as Poya days which fall on each full moon. Poya is derived from the Sanskrit word upavasam, which can be loosely translated to mean a day of…

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