Top 10 Most Famous Flags in the World
1. United States of America
The Flag of the United States of America has 13 red stripes that are horizontal with a blue rectangle that carries 50 stars representing the 50 states that form the United States of America. The 13 red stripes are symbolic as they represent the 13 colonies of Britain that proclaimed independence from the kingdom and metamorphosed into the first US states. The US flag has been officially altered 26 times from the time of its first use in 1777. The current 50-star flag was endorsed in 1960 and it is the longest-used variant.
2. United Kingdom
The Flag of the United Kingdom, which is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is referred to as the Union Jack. The Union Jack is adorned with the red cross representing the patron saint of England (St. George) overlapping the cross of the patron saint of Ireland (St. Patrick) and all overlapping the saltire of the patron saint of Scotland (St Andrew). As at the time of the design of the flag in 1801, Wales was a constituent of England, hence, its patron saint (St. David) is not represented in the flag.
One of the most inspiring flags in the world is the French flag. It has three upright bands with blue, white as well as red colors. Many countries have copied this three-color scheme and it is believed that majority of them have taken a cue from France. According to the website of the country, the white color in the flag represents the king while the red and blue colors are the traditional colors of Paris, its capital. These colors (white, red and blue) are also associated with the slogan of the revolution - blue for freedom, white for equality and red for brotherhood.
The Russian flag is one of the most famous flags in the world and similar to the French flag but the three colors used in its design are white, blue and red. However, the three colors are arranged horizontally with the white color on top, followed by blue in the center and red at the rock-bottom. It was initially used as an insignia for merchant ships and in 1696, it became the official flag of Tsardom of Russia. It remained so until 1917 when USSR was formed and during this period, the flag with red field, golden hammer as well as sickle with a red star on top was used. But when USSR was dissolved, the previous tri-color was introduced in 1991 with its full adoption in 1993.
The Mexican flag is one of the most famous flags in the world and it is also tricolor with the three vertical colors of green, white and red while the coat of arms of the North American nation sits at the center on the white color. The first flag was produced in 1821 and in 1968, the design was reviewed to create a version that has been used since then up till now. The colors were endorsed after independence from Spain and the meaning of the colors have been altered with time. A lot of alterations were made to the flag but in 1968 when Mexico city was hosting the Olympic games, the current version was adopted so that it wouldn't look like the flag of Italy.
The flag of the people of Japan is rectangular in shape with a red circle at the center. It is known as Nisshõki officially meaning sun-mark flag while commoners call it Hi no maru meaning the circle of the sun. The sun is an integral part of the Japanese tradition and creed as they believe that the Emperor is the lineal progeniture of Amaterasu, the goddess of the son. As a result of this, the design of the flag of the country shows the great significance of the sun.
As the second most populous country in the world, this piece will be incomplete without mentioning the flag of India. It is one of the most famous flags and has three horizontal colors of saffron, white and green with a wheel of 24 spokes at the center. The current version was adopted on July 22nd, 1947 while on August 15th, 1947, it emerged as the official flag.
The Turkish flag is gorgeously designed with a red background with a white star as well as a crescent. It is generally referred to as al bayrak which means 'the red flag' and in the national anthem, it is called al sancak which means 'the red banner'. The present design was an adaptation of the late Ottoman flag that was used in the late eighteenth century and finally recreated in 1844.
The Brazilian flag is known as A Auriverde in Portuguese which means 'The Yellow-and-green One'. It has a green background that is overlapped by a yellow rhombus with a blue disc overlapping all of them at the center. The flag was officially adopted on 19th November 1889, four days succeeding the declaration of republic. It was designed by Raimundo Teixeira Mendes and assisted by Miguel Lemos, Décio Villares, and Manuel Pereira Reis.
The flag of Canada is one of the most famous flags in the world and it is informally called the Maple Leaf. Designed by George F. G. Stanley, it has a red background with a white square overlapping it while a red maple leaf sits at the center on top of the white square. On the 15th day of February 1965, the flag was officially unveiled and that date was set aside as the annual National Flag Day.