What Do The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of Kazakhstan Mean?

By Sundra Chelsea Atitwa on July 31 2019 in World Facts

The flag of Kazakhstan was adopted upon achieving independence in 1992.

On June 4, 1992, the flag of Kazakhstan was adopted, having been designed by Shaken Onlasynovich Niyazbekov. The current flag replaced the flag of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.

Description of the Flag

The main feature of the flag is its light blue color. The center of the flag has a golden sun with 32 rays. The sun rays are shaped like wheat grain. Flying nearby under the sun is the soaring golden eagle. The eagle appears to be protecting the sun. The hoist side of the flag consists of a national ornamental pattern. The pattern is referred to as the “koshkar-muiz” meaning the horn of the ram. The ornamental pattern is also gold in color. The ratio of the width to the length of the flag is 1:2.

Symbolism of the Flag

Blue Shield

The light blue color of the flag is a symbol of the endless sky and water. This color also symbolizes the cultural and ethnic unity of the people of Kazakhstan such as the Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Uyghurs, Tatars, and Russian and Mongol people. The light blue color is also a symbol of peace and the indivisibility of Kazakhstan as a country. The color of the sky also implies purity, honesty, integrity, freedom, fidelity, and infinity. The blue color is also a religious symbol of the Turkic people.

Golden Sun

The golden sun is a symbol of life and energy. The sun also symbolizes time and progress besides wealth and plenitude. The wheat ray area is a symbol of abundance and prosperity.

Golden Eagle

The different Kazakh tribes included the golden eagle on their flags for a very long time. The golden eagle symbolizes the state’s power and its astuteness. It’s also a symbol of the state’s sovereignty and independence. The eagle also represents independence, freedom, and the Kazakhstan people's flight to the future. It is a symbol of strength to oppose anyone preventing the people of Kazakhstan from reaching higher goals. The eagle also symbolizes the attempt of Kazakhstan’s people become an important part of the world’s civilization.

Horn of the Ram

The “koshkar-muiz” or the horn of the ram pattern on the flag represents the culture and art of the people of Kazakhstan.

Historical Flags

The blue and gold colors of the flag were preserved from the flag of the Soviet era abandoning the red color. The flag of the Soviet era had a hammer and a sickle in gold color and a cyan bar close to the bottom of the flag. Historically, several other flags were flown in Kazakhstan, among them the alleged flag of the Kazakh Khanate, Flag of the Alash Autonomy, and several versions of the Flag of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.

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