The flag is a canvas of regular shape (or not). Each state has its own unique set of symbols, its own colors, traditions of their decoding and presentation. Everyone knows about the French tricolor, stars and stripes, Union Jack, and today we will talk about such flags that few people know or no one knows about.
Flag of Mozambique
The flag of this East African country was approved by the parliament of the revolutionary authorities in 1983. It is the only one of its kind – it depicts a Kalashnikov assault rifle, demonstrating its readiness to wage an endless struggle for independence from Portugal and the ability to defend itself.
The authorities keep this symbol intact, despite the criticism of the international community and numerous proposals to change the symbols. In addition, attention is drawn to the opened book, hoe and hand, which are symbols of education and the agricultural sector.
There are also five colors, each of which symbolizes some part of the life of the country:
- greenery is associated with abundance
- black – with Africa itself
- yellow – with subsoil
- the red part is dedicated to the struggle for freedom
- white to the established world.
Flag of Bhutan
The main colors are orange and yellow: this is a synthesis and intertwining of royal power and the dominant religion - Buddhism. The white dragon in the central part has its own name: its name is Druk,otherwise it is a thunder dragon. It means pure thoughts and actions, not to mention thought processes. In his hands are jewelry that gives the country protection and abundance. Well, according to the intentions of the author of the flag.
Flag of Lebanon
The Lebanese flag in its current form appeared in 1943 under the French colonial administration. It is a tricolor in white and red, which depicts the Lebanese cedar, which means holiness and peace.
According to legends, it was based on the flag of the Austrian monarchy. Some sources claim that red is a tribute to the blood shed in the struggle for freedom.
Flag of Guam
Guam is one of the unincorporated states of the United States. Its banner was approved in 1948. Before that, the island used the flag of Spain, and then the Japanese - while the Japanese ruled here. In the 1960s, before the set, a red stripe was added to the blue, symbolizing ocean waves, around the perimeter. This red stripe is erected in memory of the conquest of independence from the Spanish crown. On the coat of arms, inserted in the middle - the amygdala, although in fact it is nothing more than an ancient agricultural tool, as well as an old sailing boat.
Flag of Grenada
The Grenadian flag appeared in 1974 after Great Britain granted this colony independence. There are three colors in the field – scarlet, gold and green. In the upper part there are six stars (associated with 6 churches operating on the island), and another star in a red circle in the central part denotes Martinique Minor and Cariac.
Muscat is a symbol of cultural traditions and the most popular local export product (at one time Grenada bore the name of the spice island). Redness and yellow on the flag are traditionally associated with the courageous traditions of the past and knowledge, and greenery with agricultural traditions.
Flag of Kiribati
It is a rare case when the national flag resembles the landscape of a creative artist working in the style of an abstract poster. Sea waves on a crimson background in the rays of the sun, as well as a bird hovering over all this make the flag not like others.
The three stripes are a tribute to the three archipelagos of kiribati: Phoenix, Phoenix and gilbert.
Flag of Greenland
The flag of this state can also easily be attributed to the number of the most unusual. He is the only one in Scandinavia without the image of a cross! Developed by a local politician and educator who taught inuit literacy, Tue Christiansen. The colors correspond to Danish,as the island represents an autonomy within this country.
Flag of Nepal
At the moment, this is the only state banner that does not have the shape of a regular rectangle, so you definitely can not confuse it with any other. In atlases and maps for schoolchildren, it seems that it is rectangular, just with a lot of white. In fact, these are two triangular braids: they represent a pair of the highest peaks of Everest.
Crimson is a tribute to the rhododendron flower serving as a state. Red and blue – in honor of victory and peace. The moon and solar badges are calm and determined. At one time, images of human faces were used instead of them, but soon they moved away from this in favor of the traditional sun and the Earth's satellite.
Flag of Papua New Guinea
The use of black is not typical for vexillology, but the Papuan flag is one of the exceptional cases. It was approved in 1971 as part of a nationwide project competition, the winner of which was a fifteen-year-old girl.
The flag consists of two halves - black and red. In the red field there is a bird in yellow and orange colors, and in the red field there is a composition of four stars, one of which is smaller than the rest. Black and white are a tribute to the German flag, since this part of the island was a colony of Germany until the end of the First World War and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. And the bird is nothing but paradise. And why isn't it blue, interesting thing?
Flag of Sicily
This flag is not only unusual, original, but also damn ancient. It was approved in the XIII century, in 1282. It is a rectangle, dissected diagonally into yellow and red parts: in honor of the two largest settlements on the island at that time - the agrarian Corleone and the seaport of Palermo.
In the central part is a three-legged figure, a triskelion. There are disputes about the interpretation of this symbol. Some argue that this is a symbol of the three counties that were on the island in the XIII century, others - that these are three old ports, from where Sicilian-Norman corsairs went to sea for robberies. The ensemble is complemented by the head of the Gorgon Medusa and three spikelets of wheat.