Fun Facts about Flags

Flags and banners are more than just colors and patterns printed on a piece of large fabric; they are items that tell stories, show national pride and heritage, and represent belonging to a specific group or demographic. A flag represents not only a tangible country, but also the pride and culture that comes along with its people. There are many interesting facts about flags and banners; what they represent; and the meanings of the shapes, colors, and depictions proudly brandished.

  • Nepal: You may notice that most flags are rectangles. The only county that does fit into this statistic is the flag of Nepal. Nepal has a flag that looks more banner-like in shape. It is a five-sided polygon that has one right angle at the bottom left corner. The blue outline of the flag represents the Buddhist ideologies of harmony and peace; the crimson interior represents the national color of the county.
  • Canada: Canada’s red maple leaf is a derivative of the cross of St. George, which was considered to be a protector of the state. The white backdrop is a nod to the French royal coat of arms. The famed maple leaf is a symbol that embodies the natural beauty of the Canadian wilderness.
    USA: A woman named Betty Ross designed the famed American flag. The first U.S flags only had 13 stars and stripes that represented the first thirteen states to declare independence in 1776. Today, there are 50 stars that represent the entire union, which are lined up in a patterned format against a blue backdrop.
  • Bhutan: The flag of Bhutan has one distinctive feature that makes it easily recognize; at the center of the flag is a large, white dragon. When translated, Bhutan literal means dragon, which are animals that are found in Bhutanese mythology. The dragon holds jewels in his paws that are symbols of wealth and prosperity.
  • Denmark: The Danish flag is known as the worlds oldest flag and has been copied in design many times. The flag has a red bases with an off centered, horizontal cross set slightly to the left. All of Scandinavia has this basic design, but with alternative colors.

Flag and banner makers are well versed on these many intricate facts and details and are able to recreate flags for those who want to display their nationality, heritage and patriotism. If you are interested in learning more about flags, how they are made, or what they represent, it is a great idea to contact a local flag and banner maker in the region.