Pearl of the Orient, Ceylon, Teardrop of India – whatever you call Sri Lanka, one thing is true about it: this beautiful country has unique traditions you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Do you know, for example, that any Sri Lankan can break a coconut, and it’s as easy to them as tying their shoes? It has deep symbolism and can help you in different situations if you believe in it.
Gonna travel around Sri Lanka? Before you request a room, make sure the “hotel” you’re at even offers sleeping accommodations! Yep, not every hotel in Sri Lanka is a place you can sleep at! But you’ll definitely get a smile and a menu there. Speaking about food, Sri Lankan moms see cooking as their privilege and will wake up at 5 a.m. to make lunch-to-go for every family member!
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– Every single full moon (or “Poya”) is officially a public holiday, which makes Sri Lanka the #1 country in the world when it comes to frequency of holidays.
– If you ask someone in Sri Lanka if the weather’s going to be good today and they start shaking their head, it means “Yeah, it’ll be a nice day!”
– Whenever you’re talking to a Sri Lankan, throw a casual “aiyo” and they’ll be impressed!
– If you go to Sri Lanka, you’ll hear Beethoven’s “Für Elise” in the streets every morning. Bread trucks (or “tuk tuks”) have chosen it as their anthem for some reason.
– Now, it might’ve been made popular by the ancient Egyptians, but the first cinnamon in the world comes from the central hills of Sri Lanka.
– Cricket is more than just a sport in Sri Lanka – it’s a way of life! And, of course, a favorite pastime for millions, from school kids to their grandparents!
– If you’re an avid tea drinker, chances are you’re sipping on some warm Sri Lankan greetings every day. The island country is 4th on the list of top tea-exporting countries, making $721 million in 2018 alone!
– Hydropower used to make up over 50% of all the power used in Sri Lanka.
– The tallest Christmas tree in the world was registered by Guinness World Records in Sri Lanka in 2017. It stood at 236 feet (72 m) tall.
– In July 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first female head of government in the world.
– Sri Lanka was once known as “Serendip” to the Arabs and Persians. Back in 1754, English writer Horace Walpole came across this word in the title of a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, and loved it.
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