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Based on: http://www.wpc.gov.lk/index_files/header_files/flag.jpg
The website at
http://www.minhaprolo.gov.lk displayed images that might be the flags of the
provinces in early 2004 (pages are since unlinked, although images are still
located by Paraskevas Renesis, 1 March 2004
The flag of Western Province has concentric rectangles. The outer one is green; the
next is white with decorative leaves (green and yellow), in the corners are several arrows separating each one of another figure (green and yellow) that must be the molar of Buddha.
In the dark red central rectangle, there are leaves in the corners and three white rings. Within the first (near the hoist) is a golden snake with three heads; in the central one is a golden lion with sword; and in the last one (in the fly) is a golden bird or cock with a sword, facing the hoist.
[Ed note: the image above shows the emblems in the rings reversed.] The flag is green fringed. A very good image from Jorge Hurtado was published in
Gaceta de Banderas 95.
Jaume Ollé, 3 June 2000
A clearer image of the flag of the Western province in Sri Lanka is at
http://www.wpc.gov.lk/index_files/header_files/flag.jpg. [Ed. note: This
flag (as redrawn above) shows the emblems in the rings from hoist to fly as
bird, lion, snake. It is not known if this is an image of the reverse, or if the
flag reported by Hurtado/Ollé is described in reverse.]
Valentin Poposki, 28 August 2006
by António Martins-Tuválkin, 29 June 2007
I located photos taken from the web
showing Sri Lankan sub-national flags hoisted on poles and in an official
capacity: Nothing less than the VII Conference of Governors, held in Sept. 2005.
The Western province flag is shown with white around the perimeter rectangle
(rather a border, actually), but the table
flag indoors does not (like the flat images at the official site). It seems
that both are used, the one with white border being probably more official (or
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2007