The national flag of the independent state of Kazakhstan contains a golden sun on it, with 32 rays emanating from the sun. The golden sun is positioned on top of a golden made steppe eagle. The two symbols are placed at the center of the sky-blue and a white background. On the top left cornerof Kazakhstan's national flag is an ornamental pattern. The Kazakhstan flag is called the Kazakh flag. It was adopted in 1992 as a replacement for the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic flag.

What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?

As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Kazakh flag has two main colors, blue and yellow. The blue background represents the ancient Russian art, tradition and cultural practices of the inhabitants of the region who were known as the Khanate people. Peace, culture and ethnic unity of the Khazarian nation is also represented by the blue background. The yellow sun is a symbol of all sources of life and the power to live. The rays emanating from the sun is a representation of the steppes of grain which, considered to be a symbol of abundance and prosperity.

Who Designed the Flag?

The designer of Kazakhstan's flag was Shaken Onlasynovich Niyazbekov, an artist and designer who sent a proposal to design the nation's flag. He was chosen among 600 contestants who had applied for the project.

What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?

The current flag of Kazazhstan has undergone a series of transformations over the years. The first Soviet socialist flag, which was in use from 1937 to 1947 had a pure red background with a golden anchor. The second series of the Kazakhstan flag also used the Soviet flag with some variation. Later, from 1953 to 1991, the flag of Kazakhstan was redesigned to include sky blue stripes and then red stripes. In 1992, the government adopted Niyazbekov's design. It is the design used to date.

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