National Flag Meaning


There have about 200 countries in the world, and every country has their own national flag. These flags have different patterns and colors. However, do you know the meanings of these flags? I will introduce the meanings of several national flags in the following paragraphs.

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United Kingdom

Combining the crosses of the patron saints of England, Wales, and Scotland, the Union Jack as it is sometimes called is one of the oldest flags in the world having been around since 1801.

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Bangladesh

As you may have noticed, the red circle on the flag is slightly off center. This is so that when the flag is flying on a mast it will appear to be in the middle. The green symbolized the country of Bangladesh with its green geography and youthfulness while the red symbolizes the rising sun and the sacrifices its citizens have made.

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Malaysia

It’s not hard to see that Malaysia has a history with England. The blue square in the upper left originally signified that connection. The 14 stripes represent the 13 member states and the federal district of Kuala Lumpur.

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South Africa

Although the colors have no official meaning the red, green, and black are derived from Nelson Mandela’s political party, the African National Congress, and the former Boer Republics. The Y shape is said to reference the convergence of cultures in the nation.

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China

The red color means communism. Gold symbolizes the Chinese yellow race. The great golden star symbolizes the ruling communist party. The four little stars represent the four classes among the people in China.

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Antigua and Barbuda

As one of the more unique country flags, this one was designed by a high school art teacher. The sun signifies the dawning of a new era after gaining its independence, the red represents the energy of the people, and the blue signifies hope.

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Mexico

Mexico’s flag as it is today was adopted in 1968, though a very similar flag had been in use since 1821. Originally the green represented independence, white represented religion and red the union of Americans and Europeans, but during the secularization of the country under President Benito Juarez (president of Mexico from 1858 to 1872) the meanings of the colors were adapted to represent hope (green), unity (white) and the blood of the national heroes (red).

 

Submitted by Peiran Zheng

 

 

References:

1. Infojug. (2015).Country Flag Color Meanings. Retrieved April 9, 2015 from:

http://www.infojug.com/articles/country-flag-color-meanings.html

2. Wikipedia. (2015).Flag. Retrieved April 9, 2015 from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag

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