Added on: 12th Dec 2014
Supposedly combining the crosses of the patron saints of England,
Wales, and Scotland, the Union Jack as it is sometimes called is one of
the oldest flags in the world having been around since 1801.
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.
There is a lot of dispute as to actual meaning of Aruba’s flag.
Some say that the four pointed star represents the four main languages
of the island, Papiamento, Spanish, English, and Dutch. The light blue
is generally said to represent the sea and sky and the meaning of the
yellow stripes has been up for debate with some theories proposing it has
to do with Aruba’s gold industry while others claim the yellow stands for
freedom or abundance.
As you may have noticed, the red circle on the flag is slightly off centre.
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.
As the first African country to receive its independence, Ethiopia is
often credited with the establishing green, yellow, and red (sometimes
called the Pan African colours) that now symbolize African
independence and unity.
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.
The green stripes represent Nigeria’s lush vegetation and its agriculture
industry while the white stripe represents the desire for peace.
Also known as the “Maple Leaf Flag”, the maple leaf wasn’t actually
added until many years later when Prime Minister Lester Pearson petitioned
to have it included as during World War I he noticed many battalions
including a maple leaf on their insignia.
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