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DID YOU HEAR THERE IS A BRANCH OF LEARNING CALLED VEXILLOLOGY, OR THE SCHOLARLY STUDY OF FLAGS?
The Central African country of Ruanda is another that decided to change its flag. The new Ruandan flag that was officially adopted in 2001 tells a number of stories. The green in the flag is the symbol of fertility and the people’s respect for work, the blue the symbol of peace and happiness, and the golden sun the symbol of the war being waged against ignorance.
Did you know that the red flag with elephants of the Kingdom of Laos became history following a change of government in 1975 when the new administration began using a flag consisting of a white circle between red and blue stripes? The elephants on the old flag symbolized the three princedoms that made up the kingdom, and the umbrella over the them the kingdom itself.
The Japanese flag, which consists of an enormous red circle on a white ground to accentuate the fact that Japan is “the country where the sun rises”, has been in use since 1868 but was only adopted officially in 1999. The reason for the Japanese government’s stance on the subject is interesting. Japanese officials did not want the Japanese flag used during World War Two to remind the people of the sufferings of war.
The patterns inside the red stripe at the left of this eye-catching flag symbolize Turcoman carpets. Together with its carpet motifs, the flag’s emerald green color highlights Turkmen history. The crescent to the right of the stripe represents the hope of the Turkmen people and each of the five stars stands for a Turkmen province.
Denmark’s Dannebrog’is considered one of the oldest flags in the world, even the very oldest by some sources. According to Danish belief, the Dannebrog fell from the sky during the country’s war with Estonia.