Flags of the World: Bhutan
The Bhutanase flag was officially adopted in 1969, but versions of the flag were flown as early as 1949. The design of the flag is based upon the tradition of the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It features Druk, the Thunder Dragon of Bhutanese mythology. He is grasping jewels in his claws, which represent the wealth and security of Bhutan. The dragon is colored white to represent the purity of inner thoughts and deeds that unite the diverse people living there.
Furthermore, the dragon is seen with a snarling mouth, which represents the strength of the people in their ability to protect their country.
Instead of relying on vertical or horizontal stripes of color, the Bhutan flag utilizes diagonal blocks of color. One half of the Bhutan national flag is orange and signifies the Drukpas monasteries and Buddhist religion. The second half of the flag is a yellow-orange color and signifies the secular authority of the King.
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