Flag of Singapore

Flag Singapore, Banner Singapore
Aspect ratio:
2:3
Vexillological symbol:
Civil flag and service flag ashore
Country:
Singapore
Capital:
Singapore
Size:
647 kmĀ²
Population:
4.353.893
Continent:
Asia
Languages:
English (language of transport, commerce and administration), Chinese (southern dialects, Mandarin), Malay, Tamil
Currency:
Singapore Dollar (SGD)
accepted at:
02.12.1959

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Background knowledge

The flag of Singapore was on the 3rd December 1959 raised for the first time officially.

The national flag of Singapore consists of two equal horizontal stripes: red top and white below. The color red symbolizes universal brotherhood and equality of man, white purity and virtue.

In the upper left corner of a white crescent moon is shown, along with five white stars that form a circle. The crescent moon represents a young and rising nation, the five stars of Singapore's ideals. Democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality

In the design of the flag had regard for the various ethnic groups are taken. Red was chosen for the Chinese population, as this is a traditional lucky color in Chinese culture. In addition, Red stands for courage in the Malay understanding. White was chosen as the color of purity in the Malay culture. As an example of the People's Republic of China of the Chinese population were demanded star on the flag. The Malays demanded that the crescent as an expression of Islam on the flag has its place. As a compromise, the government decided, five stars and a crescent on the flag represent - as opposed to flags of Muslim countries in which the crescent moon with a star is common.

Text courtesy of Flaggenlexikon.de

Two equal horizontal stripes (red, white); on the red area, near the flagpole, is a vertical white crescent partially enclosing five white five-pointed stars arranged in a circle; the opening of the crescent faces away from the flagpole.

Meaning

Red symbolizes universal brotherhood and equality. White symbolizes the virtue and purity of the people of Singapore. The white crescent and the five white stars symbolize a new nation founded in the (five) ideals of democracy, peace, progress, equality and justice.

Hymn

Composer: Zubir Said Songwriter: Zubir Said