Sri Lankan Culture

Sri Lanka is known for its rich and vast cultural diversity, with a blend ritual and customs, handed down through generations. Religion plays a major role in forming the tradition of the island nation. And some of the most alluring tourist attractions include the festivals which revolve around Sri Lanka’s main religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

The cultural heritage is reflected through its architecture, art, food and sculptures. And though there is a great deal of extravagance that represents SriLanka’s history, the island’s lifestyle is one characterized by simplicity and modesty. The people take special pride in their easy-going approach to modern life while still celebrating a broad range of complex and amazing traditions that continue to draw outsiders every year.

Sri Lankan Food

For food lovers, one of the most vital parts of Sri Lankan culture is its delicious and exotic food. The common dishes here can be compared to an Indian or other southeast Asian cuisine, but with a flavor and style all its own. It uses many native fruits and vegetables, which makes for a healthy and even more unique experience with each new meal. Different types of cuisines are made using a wide range of spices which further distinguish the flavor of the island.

Performing Arts

SLF Performing Arts

Music, art and drama are deeply ingrained into Sri Lankan culture. Art is an essential part of Sri Lankan history dating back more than two thousand years. Different kinds of dance styles such as classical and folk are popular for both performance and recreation.

Martial art from Sri Lanka

Two main styles of martial arts that are famous in Srilanka include Angampora and Cheena di.


Srilanka offers free education up to advanced courses and education like university doctorates. The country boasts an impressive literacy rate compared to other south-east Asian nations. The country encourages its citizens to grow as intellectuals as well as creative thinkers.


Sinhala and Tamil are two most common and widely spoken languages in Srilanka. Though quite distinct, these two languages have common linguistic characteristics. Over time, they have even come to influence one another, with words and phrases or parts of speech being shared and by the other.


Ayurveda is a form of medicine that’s been traditionally seen to heal many diseases. Today, a number of Ayurvedic clinics and spas are available for visitors who travel the country and is known as a key recreational attraction for tourists.


Sri Lanka is also recognized as a world-renowned tea producer. Tea is an essential part of Sri Lankan culture, dating back through colonization centuries prior. Today, tea is offered to guests while visiting homes in the city or in rural Srilanka.

Sri Lankan American Cultural Events

Sri Lanka foundation, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, CA plays a vital role in the promotion of Sri Lankan culture in America and worldwide. SLF was founded in 2003 by Walter Jayasinghe, a renowned Sri Lankan-American doctor in Los Angeles. A number of festivals and events are organized by SLF to support people living in foreign countries.

Sri Lanka

Every year, SLF organizes Sri Lanka Day to showcase the history, culture and people of Srilanka. This event provides an opportunity for people in LA to experience some of the best Srilanka has to offer. Similarly, the ‘SLF Awards’ are held to honor noteworthy and remarkable people from the Sri Lankan community in all areas of human discipline. Apart from these events, the foundation is also known for organizing family events, performing arts and languages classes as well as fashion and beauty pageants to showcase the creative beauty of the country.