Old Ceylon

Old Ceylon

Old Ceylon Sri lanka – Not a word in the Sinhala language. But it is a very important word for Sinhalese and all Sri Lankans.
In March 1815 the Sinhalese kingdom was made part of the United Kingdom. The only official language of the colony was English and the official name of the country was “British Ceylon”. The word Ceylon was coined in English.

In 1948, the British  Colonization became a sovereign state with full independence from the UK. But the only official language of the state was still English and the official name of the country was . Unofficially, the word that was used among the Sinhalese. This was the case until 1956 when in 1956 the Sinhala language became the official language and the country’s official name was tat. But English speakers continued to use the name..
In 1972, the country’s name was changed to Sri Lanka by the Republican Constitution.

British Period

British Ceylon Colony – 1815 to 4 February 1948
Ceylon Kingdom of Ceylon – February 4, 1948 to May 22, 1972

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