The national flag of Lebanon was adopted on December 7, 1943.
The red bands on top and bottom symbolize the pure blood shed in the fight for freedom, the white for peace and the mountain snow, and the green cedar is symbolic of immortality and steadiness.
The current flag of Lebanon was designed by Naoum Mokarzel, a famous intellectual and Lebanese nationalist. It drew inspiration from the flag which was used during the time of the French Mandate. It was made unique by the red stripes surrounding the cedar tree.
Lebanon has used several different flags throughout its history. From the years 1516 to 1918, modern-day Lebanon flew the flag of the Ottoman Empire. In 1918, the flag of Lebanon was replaced with a plain white flag bearing a cedar tree, which is native to the country. Throughout the French mandate, Lebanon used the flag of France with a cedar tree at its center.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018