Sunday has been declared a Day of Mourning by the government.
The decision has been taken as the final rites of late Most Venerable Welamitiyawe Kusaladamma thera will be held on Sunday.
The State Ministry of Home Affairs has accordingly issued directives to close all slaughter houses, meat stalls and licenced liquor outlets within the Colombo and Gampaha districts on Sunday.
Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Chief Judicial Prelate for the two Regions of Colombo and Chilaw, Aggamahapandit Dr. Welamitiyawe Kusaladamma thera passed away at the age of 84 on Wednesday.
The President has issued directives to hold the final rites of the venerable under full state patronage.
The final rites will be held at the Independence Square at 2pm.