The flag of Belarus may appear a lot like other flags in the world at first glance, but with a closer look, you’ll discover that it’s anything but.
Although the majority of the flag is divided into two horizontal stripes of color, those stripes are not equal in size. The larger, upper stripe is red, which represents the blood shed by the countrymen to achieve independence. The smaller green stripe located underneath represents the future, hope, spring, and revival of Belarus, but it also represents the forests and fields located there.
Not only is the ratio of the horizontal stripes quite unique, the decorative pattern along the left edge of the flag is also uniquely Belarus. Its white and red pattern symbolizes a rich cultural heritage, spiritual continuity, and the unity of Belarus’ people.
The flag of Belarus was adopted on June 7, 1995, but the most current edition of the flag was adopted on February 10, 2012 and includes a thicker ornamental pattern. Both flags are a version of the flag from the 1950s, when the country was a republic of the Soviet Union.
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