Top 10 National Flags And Their Meanings
A national flag is a flag that symbolises a country. The flag is flown by the government, but usually can also be flown by citizens of the country.Both public and private buildings such as schools and courthouses may fly the national flag. In some countries, the national flags are only flown from non-military buildings on certain flag days.
It has been said that when Duke Leopold V. of Austria returned from war his white battledress was soaked with blood. When he took off his belt, however, the cloth underneath was still white. Some will tell you to this day that this is what inspired the red and white stripes. At any rate, this flag is one of the few that are older than the Union Jack as it dates back to the year 1230.
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.
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.
With the white cross representing Christianity, the Danish flag is said to be the oldest flag in the world. According to legend it fell from the sky on June 15, 1219 when King Waldemar II defeated the Estonians in battle.
6. United States
Sometimes referred to as the “Stars and Stripes”, or “Old Glory” the American flag features 13 stripes representing the original colonies and 50 stars representing the states in the union.
5. 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.
Although black, red, and gold have represented Germany since medieval times, the current colors are said to represent the 19th century volunteers who fought on behalf of the country in the Napoleonic Wars.
The Australian flag features a Union Jack (it was mandatory at the time for all British Colonies), a seven pointed star representing each of Australia’s six states as well as one point for its territories, and a series of stars representing the Southern Cross constellation which is visible from everywhere in Australia.
The yellow stripe represents the sandy beaches of the 700 Bahamian islands, the blue represents the water, and the black triangle represents the Bahamian people along with their desire to develop the land and the sea.
The flag of India is sometimes called the “tiranga” which means “tricolor” in Hindi. When it was introduced in 1931 the stripes represented the two main groups in India. The green was the Muslims and the orange was the Hindus. The white stripe represented the desire for their to be peace between them. The meanings, however, have been updated since then. The wheel in the middle has 24 spokes, each one supposedly representing one hour of the day.