The entire country is geared to commemorate the 63rd Independence on a grand scale.
A slew of programmes have been organized to mark the event. These will be held in parallel to the National Independence Day Commemoration organized in Kataragama under the patronage of President Rajapaksa. All night Pirith Chanting is now taking place at the Independence Square in Colombo 07 under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne. The National Day festival will begin on Friday at 8.45 a.m. under the auspices of the President. About 3000 members of the Armed Forces will be joining in the parade. Another highlight will be the participation of 1400 dancers representing all Districts. There will also be a cultural pageant with the participation of 1000 school children.