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The Arts

Sri Lankan visual arts, architecture, literature, music and dance, all bear the stamp of the country’s centuries-old Buddhist culture. Poetry, as well as music and dance, were almost entirely ceremonial and devotional until well after the fall of the K ...

Art and Architecture

The most prominent examples of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist influenced architectural heritage are at the dagobas which can be seen from one end of the country to the other. In the shape of a dome, the dagoba, usually painted white, often enshrines a relic of the ...

Music and Dancing

Music and Dancing in Sri Lanka are still closely tied up with religious ritual. Kandy or ‘high country’ dance has evolved from village dances performed by the complex rhythms of several drummers who use a percussion instrument called the ‘gatabere’ – a wo ...


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Anuradhapura, the first capital of the Sri Lanka flourished for almost 1500 years starting form the 4th century BC. In the middle of 3rd Century BC, after 236 years of passing away of Buddha, Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka and from that point onward ...

Language and Religion in Sri Lanka

Sinhala, Tamil and English are the official languages in Sri Lanka. Sinhala, a language of Indo–Aryan origin, is the language of the majority. Place names and sign–boards on buses and trains are usually in all three languages. Sri Lanka is a land of relig ...

Local Customs and Laws in Sri Lanka

Greetings “Ayubowan” (may you have a long life) is the traditional welcome greeting among the Sinhalese, with the hands folded upwards in front of the chest. You should respond with the same gesture. This same gesture accompanies the word “Vannakkam” ...

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