To take up Martina’s last comment
: Yes, Colombo takes up many European, or better Western, patterns. Though being an officially Buddhist country, without a separation of state and religion as we know it, especially the business parts of other relgions, like Christmas here, get incorporated and playfully put on stage. Of course this shopping mall is more for the well-offs, but as everywhere, they set the trends. The Sri Lankan influence however is clearly visible in the shapes of the decoration: tusks, as they are venerated for example in the temple in Kandy.