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A flag is a piece of fabric with a distinctive design, usually rectangular and used as a symbol.

Use of flags outside of military or naval context begins with the rise of nationalism at the end of the 18th century. During the 19th century it became common for every sovereign state to introduce a national flag.

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The flag of Sri Lanka is one of my favourites.

It consists of a golden lion, holding a kastane sword in its right fore paw, in front of a crimson background with four golden bo leaves, one in each corner. The lion represents the Sinhalese ethnicity and the bravery of the Sri Lankan nation while the four Bo leaves represent Mettā, Karuna, Mudita and Upekkha.

Around the lion field is a yellow border, and to its left are 2 vertical stripes of equal size in saffron and green, with the saffron stripe closest to the lion. The orange stripe represents the Sri Lankan Tamils, the green stripe represents Sri Lankan Moors, and the crimson background represents European Burghers.

Finally, the yellow border represents other ethnic groups such as Sri Lankan Malays etc.

It was adopted in 1950.

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This particular flag is the one that flies over Colombo's Galle Face Green.

Galle Face Green is a promenade which stretches for half kilometre along the coast in Colombo. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by the British Governor of Ceylon and was also used for horse racing and as a golf course.

Today it is a popular destination for children, vendors, teenagers, lovers, kite flyers, merrymakers and all those who want to indulge in their favorite pastimes next to the sea under the open sky.

Especially on Saturday and Sunday evenings, it is a great place to go to meet people and sample some excellent local food.

Everyday on Galle Face Green this big flag goes up at sunrise and is taken down again at sunset.

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