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5 Green and red flags

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Here we examine five examples of the green and red flags that countries around the world are using now. Green ranks fifth among flag colors, after the more common red. Given the widespread use of these hues in flag design, many flags use both colors to some extent. However, our search will be limited to flags using only these two colors, in addition to any other designs such as seals, coats of arms or coat of arms. We'll look at five examples of flags that fit this definition below.

Bangladesh flag

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The flag of Bangladesh is green with a red circle in the center.

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There are only two flags in the world (the other will be covered later) that exclusively use red and green throughout their flag design. On January 17, 1972, the flag of Bangladesh was officially recognized as the flag of the country. The design features a red disc or sun on a dark green banner. To center the flag as it flies, the red disc is moved slightly toward the elevator.

While the original designer, Shib Narayan Das, offered several interpretations of the flag's meaning, he claimed that the flag's green fields reflected the country's landscape and the red disc reflected the sun, symbolizing a new day and an end to oppression.

Burkina Faso flag

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The national flag of Burkina Faso has red and green horizontal stripes with a five-pointed star in the center and a width-to-length ratio of 2:3.

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The national flag was officially adopted on August 4, 1984 when Upper Volta was renamed Burkina Faso. Using the Pan-African colors (red, green, yellow), the flag symbolizes both independence from colonial rule and solidarity with other former African colonies.

Its flag has two red and green horizontal stripes of equal size with a small yellow five-pointed star in the middle. Red was believed to represent revolution, while green represented the wealth of the land and its resources. The guiding light of the revolution is symbolized by a yellow star superimposed on a red and green stripe.

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maldives flag

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The Maldives flag is red with a green square and green white crescent.

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The current Maldives flag design dates back to 1965, when the country gained independence from the United Kingdom. In its current form, it has a green center and a dark red rim. In the middle of the flag's green area is a white crescent with its closed side facing the lift.

National heroes shed blood for the country, and the red rectangle represents their last drop of wish to defend the country. The green rectangle in the middle represents hope and growth. The white crescent represents the country and government's adherence to Islam.

morocco flag

The Moroccan flag is red with a green five-pointed star in the center.

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Aside from Bangladesh, which uses only red and green throughout the design, the Moroccan flag is the only other flag on this list. The current flag of Morocco has represented the country since November 17, 1915. The current flag has a dark red background with a green pentagon intertwined in the center. While the red flag bearing the central seal was still flown over land while Morocco was under Spanish and French control, it was not permitted to be flown at sea. After the re-declaration of independence in 1955, the flag flew again across the country.

The Moroccan flag represents the country's willingness to engage with the outside world. In Morocco, red represents the royal family of the Alavid dynasty and has profound historical significance. As a symbol of Islam, the pentagram represents the seal of Solomon. Each of the five points represents one of the five pillars of Islam.

portugal flag

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The flag of Portugal is green and red with a coat of arms in the middle. Red areas are larger than green areas.

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The flag of Portugal, officially known as Bandeira de Portugal, represents the Portuguese Republic. It was introduced on December 1, 1910, when the constitutional monarchy fell on October 5 of that year. However, it was not until June 30, 1911, that the decree officially declaring acceptance of the flag as the national flag came. In terms of design, it is a green gourd and a red flying rectangle. Smaller forms of the Portuguese coat of arms (an armillary sphere and a Portuguese shield) are located in the middle of the color border, halfway between the top and bottom edges.

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Blood shed for the cause of the Portuguese Republic is represented in red, while green represents optimism for the future. In the age of exploration and discovery, sailors navigated the waters using celestial instruments such as the yellow armillary sphere. This was the period when Portugal flourished and looked to the future, known as the "Golden Age". The central shield appears in nearly every iteration of the Portuguese flag. The shield design has multiple elements, each representing Portugal's past victories.

Next:

  • Red Cross and White Flag: History, Meaning and Symbolism of England's Flag
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  • Black, Red and Green Flags: History and Significance of Pan-African Flags

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