National flags are a powerful reminder of the values and history of a country. They also promote patriotism and respect for those who lost their lives fighting for its values. Therefore, the national flag of a country should be treated with the proper respect and dignity that it deserves.
Here are some interesting things that you should know about the flags of different countries.
• Star-Spangled Banner, Old Glory and Star and Stripes Banner are some of the names given to the national flag of the United States of America.
• The national flag of the United Kingdom is called the Union Jack.
• The flags of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan have the Kalima-e-Shahaadat written on them, while flags of Iraq and Iran have Allahu Akbar written on them in Arabic.
• Nepal’s flag is the only flag which is not a quadrangle. It is shaped like two stacked triangles, representing the Himalaya Mountains and the two religions of Hinduism and Buddhism prevalent in the country.
• The red and white flag of Denmark is the oldest state flag still in use and dates back to the 13th century.
• Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Algeria, Libya, Maldives and Malaysia are some countries whose flags have crescents depicted on them.
• The flags of Bangladesh, Japan, Niger and Palau have coloured circles or disks on them.
• Bhutan (dragon), Sri Lanka (lion), Papua New Guinea (the bird of paradise), Zambia (a soaring orange eagle), Mexico (an eagle on a cactus eating a snake) and Uganda (red-crested crane) are some flags with symbols of life forms on it.