Malta Flag History
The flag of Malta is a basic bicolour, with white in the hoist and red in the fly. A representation of the George Cross, awarded to Malta by George VI of the United Kingdom in 1942, is carried, edged with red, in the canton of the white stripe. Tradition states that the colours of the flag were given to Malta by Roger I of Sicily in 1090. Roger’s fleet landed in Malta on the completion of the Norman conquest of Sicily.
It is said that local Christians offered to fight by Roger’s side against the Arab defenders. In order to recognise the locals fighting on his side from the defenders, Roger reportedly tore off part of his chequered red-and-white flag. This story has, however, been debunked as a 19th-century myth, possibly even earlier due to the Mdina, Malta’s old capital, associating its colours with Roger’s in the late Middle Ages. The flag of the Knights of Malta, a white cross on a red field, was a more likely source of the Maltese colours, inspiring the red and white shield used during the British colonial period.
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Nepal Flag History
Nepal boasts the only national flag that does not have four sides. It was originally flown as two separate triangular pennants which represented rival branches of the Rana dynasty who previously ruled the country.
These were later joined into one five-sided shape and adopted as the official flag in 1962 when a constitutional form of government commenced. The red is for rhododendrons, the national flower. In the upper portion of the flag, the royal house is represented by the moon whilst in the lower section, the Rana family is represented by the sun.
The national colour of Nepal is crimson with the motto on their coat of arms is, ‘The mother and the Mother Earth are more important than the heavenly kingdom’. There has been a change to the concept of the flag in more recent times reflecting a different meaning where the blue border symbolizes peace and harmony and the crimson red reflects the brave spirit of the Nepalese people. The two triangles are symbolic of the Himalayan Mountains instead of the Rana dynasty.
The Nepalese are calm and the pleasant weather of the Himalayas is symbolised by the moon. Whilst the fierceness of the sun is used to symbolise the heat and the higher temperatures in the lower-lying areas of Nepal.
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Source – Wikipedia – Raise the Flag
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