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About the flags around the world.

You see them very often. They are waving on roofs of important administration buildings. They hang in the windows or are painted on fans’ faces. You can find flags everywhere, in the every country in the world and even on the moon!

But, why do they look just like that? 

The first symbols were rather not similar to today’s flags. In the 17th century flags started to be simpler and to fixed their looks. In the 19th century there was born today’s conception of the flag as national symbols, but in 20th  every country of the world got themselves their own flag.

Learn a few interesting flags of country!

In Canada the maple leaf has been a popular national symbol since the 19th century. In 1964 Canadian parliament decided to choose the flag (as we know it) designed by George Stanley.

In the Colombian flag yellow colour symbolizes gold and other riches of the country; blue symbolizes sea, rivers and the sky; red is a symbol of struggle for independence. In 1861 the colors of the flag were suggested by Francisco de Mirand.   

Seventeen sunbeams on Kiribati’s flag symbolize sixteen Gilbert Islands and the Banaba island. Three white wavy stripes symbolize three groups of island: Gilbert, Fenix and Line. In 1979 a new flag was created, based on the colonial coat of arms.  

Nepalese flag. The blue stripe is a symbol of peace and harmony. The red colour is the national color of Nepal. The moon symbolizes the cool weather of the Himalayas, while the sun symbolizes the high temperature at the lower part of Nepal. The shape of the flag symbolizes the Himalayas. The flag was accepted ni 1962.

On the Mauritus flag red is a symbol of the struggle of independence, blue of the Indian Ocean. Yellow symbolizes “the light of freedom falling on island”. Green means lush tropical vegetation. The flag has been used since 1968 after regaining the independence.

The cross symbolizes the Greek Orthodox church on the Greek flag. The nine stripes symbolize the nine syllables of the phrase „Freedom or Death” (Eleftheria and Thanatos in Greek). Blue symbolize the sea.

Adam Cynowski (1a)