After receiving its independence from the USSR, Kyrgyzstan continued to use the Soviet flag for more than seven months. Eventually, the flag was replaced with a new flag for Kyrgyzstan on March 3, 1992. This flag features a plain red background and a sun at the center. The sun has four rays protruding from every angle. The sun itself is crossed by three lines, intended to symbolize the crown of a yurt.

The color red, which is used for the background of the Kyrgyz flag, is meant to stand for valor and bravery. The central sun represents both peace and wealth within the country. The crossings at the center symbolize the family home. As indicated earlier, the flag has forty sun rays which are used to represent the forty tribes of the Kyrgyz which were unified to counter the Mongols by the renowned hero called Manas.

The flag was designed by an act of parliament with the motion being hotly contested between those who wanted to adopt a new flag, and those who did not. The flag of Kyrgyzstan was commissioned immediately after the dissolution of Soviet Union and adopted shortly after.

Previously, the area that is today known as Kyrgyzstan flew the Flag of the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic, which had five strips. The thinnest strip was white and was featured at the center of the flag. The two adjacent strips were blue. While some variations featured a hammer and sickle in the top left corner, some variations did not.

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