Kuwait is a small country in the Persian Gulf. The country’s system of governance is a blend of the democratic and authoritarian rule. The state’s official leader and head of state is the Emir of Kuwait. Political leaders in Kuwait are either publicly elected or appointed into office by the Emir. Kuwait was a British protectorate from the early 20th century until June 1961 when it gained independence from Britain. The county has had different designs for its flag since 1899.
The Flag Of Kuwait
Kuwait obtained its first national flag in the late 19th century. The flag was plain red with no inscriptions or symbols, and it was borrowed from the flags of neighboring Persian Gulf nations. In 1899, Kuwait modified its flag to include a crescent, a star and the inscription "Kuwait" in Arabic. The symbols and writing were centrally placed on the flag. In 1909, Kuwait changed its flag. The Arabic inscriptions ‘Kuwait’ was moved to the top right corner, and the symbols stayed at the center of the flag but were enlarged. Six years later in 1915, Kuwait modified its flag once again. It removed the two symbols of star and crescent from its flag and centered the Arabic writing. The flag retained its design of white inscriptions on a red background until 1956. In 1956, Kuwait added the inscriptions "There is no God but Allah" on the left side of the flag. In 1961, the Arabic nation once again changed its flag to the current design of green, white, and red stripes.
Description Of Kuwait’s National Flag
The flag of Kuwait has the Pan-Arab colors of white, red, black, and green. These colors are found in the flags of most Arabic nations. Each of the colors on the national flag of Kuwait has a significant message for the people of Kuwait. The flag consists of a black trapezoid on the hoist side of the flag, and three stripes are touching the trapezoid. The stripes are in the order of green at the top, white in the middle, and the red at the bottom. The flag has a width to length ratio of 1:2.
Meaning Of The Flag’s Colors
The black color on the left side of the flag symbolizes defeat over the nation’s rivals. The green stripe at the top symbolizes beautiful plantations and fertile grounds in Kuwait. The white stripe in the middle signifies peace in Kuwait. Lastly, the red stripe at the bottom stands for the blood shed during their struggle for independence from the UK. The rules for flying Kuwait’s national flag require that the green stripe stays at the top when hoisted horizontally and the red stripe stays on the left when it is hoisted vertically.
Importance Of The Flag Of Kuwait
Kuwait’s national flag is an important symbol of national unity for the citizens of Kuwait. The flag is flown during important events in the country such as Independence Day celebrations, sporting events, and in times of national mourning. In 2004, the flag of Kuwait was used to design the largest kite in the world. The kite with the colors of Kuwait’s flag was 1,019 square meters in size.
About the Author
Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor.
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