What do the flags mean?
Many people, looking at the flagpoles,which means the flags of different countries. What do all these bands, crosses, colors and not always clear symbols say? Below you can learn about the meaning of the flags of the largest states.
Black-red-gold flag of Germany takes itsbeginning in 1813. At this time Europe resisted the conqueror Napoleon. Actively defended their homeland German volunteer students, who united in the "Corps of Freedom." The volunteers wore black capes with a red rim and gold buttons. Every time Germany fought for its independence, these colors emerged on the historical arena. And in 1949, the black-red-gold flag was approved legislatively, and the colors were given an official interpretation: the black color symbolizes the gloomy years of reaction, red is the blood of patriots shed in the struggle for freedom, the golden is the sun of freedom.
Precisely say what the flag of France means, simplyis impossible. There are at least three common interpretations. The first of them says that the vertical stripes of the French flag are the embodiment of the national motto: Freedom, Equality Brotherhood. The second version was very fond of the teachers of French schools who convinced children that colors symbolize the main layers of society of the times of the statehood formation: blue - the bourgeoisie, white - the clergy, and red - the nobility.
However, there is another explanation of the colors of the flagFrance. The blue color symbolizes freedom, and given the fact that the flag of France appeared during the revolution, it looks more than logical. White color symbolizes purity, peace, innocence and is closely associated with the Virgin Mary, highly revered by the French. Red color symbolizes blood, struggle and revolution, which gave the French their national symbol.
The modern flag of Great Britain appeared in the beginning of the 17th century. Then the King James VITogether with the Scottish throne, he also inheritedEnglish. Naturally, he came up with the idea of creating a unified kingdom. And the flag for the new country he received by combining the banners of Scotland and England. The flag of Scotland (a white oblique cross on a blue background) was simply put on a red cross on a white background (the flag of St. George), which was the flag of England.
The blue background of the flag symbolizes honesty, kindness,faithfulness, peacefulness and chastity. In the upper left corner is the flag of Great Britain, which says that the country is a member of the Commonwealth under the British crown. In addition, the flag depicts 6 white stars: 5 of them form the Southern Cross - the main constellation in the firmament of the Southern Hemisphere. But the sixth star symbolizes Australia itself: 6 of its rays are continental states, and the seventh - external territories.
Red stripes on the sides of the Canadian flagsymbolize the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, between which the country lies. White color symbolizes the French monarchy (originally Canada was the French colony), and the red color is the color of the cross of St. George, which is the color of Great Britain (now Canada is a member of the Commonwealth). A maple leaf is a symbol of the unity of all inhabitants of the country, and maple leaf is the most widespread tree in Canada.
The upper saffron strip of the Indian flagsymbolizes the courage and strength of the population of the country. The lower green strip is a symbol of fertility, natural wealth and rapid development. And between them is a white band as a symbol of peace and truth. On this strip, the wheel of the "Lion Capitals" of Ashoka in Sarnath is depicted, symbolizing the chakra.
Red circle on the white background of the flag of JapanUnambiguously interpreted as a symbol of the sun. It is believed that this flag appeared in the 12th century, when Japan fought against the Mongolian hordes. The authors of this flag consider Buddhist monks, who first came to mind in this way to show that the rulers of Japan came from the sun goddess.
The red flag of China is unambiguously associated withthe Communist Party that runs this country. A big gold star is a symbol of leadership of that party. As for the four smaller stars, they most likely designate four classes: the peasants, the workers, the intelligentsia and the proletarian bourgeoisie.
On the flag of the United States practically all the past and present of the stateconstruction. 13 bands symbolize thirteen colonies, which stood at the origins of an independent state. 50 white stars on a blue background symbolize the number of modern states. As for the meaning of colors, red symbolizes valor, dark blue - justice, mindfulness and diligence, and white - purity and innocence.