New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

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New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby vexilo » 03 Nov 2010 18:15

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A new State Flag of Myanmar flies outside the town hall Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar. Military-ruled Myanmar has unveiled the new national flag - with three horizontal stripes of yellow, green and red with a big white star in the middle - Thursday, just two weeks before an election that the government calls a major step in a transition to democracy but critics say is a sham.

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A member of the Guard of Honor toots as a new State Flag of Myanmar is hoisted outside the town hall Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar. Military-ruled Myanmar has unveiled the new national flag - with three horizontal stripes of yellow, green and red with a big white star in the middle - Thursday, just two weeks before an election that the government calls a major step in a transition to democracy but critics say is a sham.
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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby VoronX » 09 Nov 2010 16:21

Lithuania and Ghana want their flags back.

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby Madaboutflags » 12 Nov 2010 15:38

VoronX wrote:Lithuania and Ghana want their flags back.


It is strange why countries don't look for more unique designs but I guess if they all did that we'd get some pretty wacky flags. Having said that, yellow is pretty unusual for that geographic region. Not looked what the significance of the colours and star is but presumably that will explain.

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby vexilo » 12 Nov 2010 19:00

Not sure about the star but apparently the colours of yellow, green and red represent "solidarity", "peace and tranquility", and "courage and decisiveness" - which I think demonstrates fairly well that anything can stand for anything else really.

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby VoronX » 16 Nov 2010 17:46

Well, red rarely stands for peace or purity or calmness. Black rarely stands for joy. Yellow first and foremost is the color of the sun. Solidarity could be everybody under one sun, or the "friendly/Social" aspect of the color. Green is plants/nature, and they can be tranquil. Perhaps the white star is for vapid unoriginality? ;-)

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby Smertios » 16 Nov 2010 22:37

Sorry for my first post being here, i just wanted to comment on the last posts :P

Yellow, Green and Red have been the national colors of Burma at least since 1943. Green and yellow have been the traditional colors of the nation from around 1300 on. The burmese flag from back then was a golden bird on a green field. Not to mention that the symbol of the old burmese kings was a green peacock on a white field.

From 1943 to 1945 the flag was identical to the current one, except for the fact that it had a green peacock on a white roundel instead of a white star in the center.

The red color and the white star have been burmese symbols since WW2, when the burmese resistance used a white star on a red field as their flag, when fighting against the japanese occupation.

So, both the yellow-green-red triband and the central white star are historical symbols, not something the current government invented from nothing. Whatever meaning they gave for the colors is just some useless justification, probably to disregard the original meaning.

Oh and the colors probably have no connection whatsoever to the ethiopian (and, consequently, pan-african), lithuanian or bolivian vexilological traditions, despite the fact that they are the same.

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby vexilo » 18 Nov 2010 11:51

This is very interesting, many thanks. Makes the reasons announced for the colours seem even more peculiar as they clearly have some historical relevance.

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby csolomon » 04 Aug 2011 18:12

Definitely not the flag you'd expect to represent the regime. The large, centric star does render a military look to the flag but the colors give it an ethnic, lively look. Clear sign that the military rulers are trying to change their image?

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby VoronX » 05 Aug 2011 21:49

Couldn't they at least have inverted the color order to R-G-Y? Nobody else is using that particular combination, while in addition to Lithuatia, Bolivar, Columbia, and AEr0, Denmark use that color order as well. I would also move the Star a little toward the hoist, so it has a different feel than Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, and Eithiopia. And maybe fimbriate the Star in black to make it stand out against the Yellow.

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Re: New Burmese flag (Myanmar)

Postby Jens » 08 Aug 2011 09:09

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The red and yellow colours represent Duke Christian's cousin to King Christian the 4th. colours, and the green the island.
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