The Maldives has been an independent country since 1965, when it gained independence from the United Kingdom. The Maldives is unique for being a series of atolls, all located in the Indian Ocean.

The red color of the flag of the Maldives symbolizes the daring heroes of the nation who have demonstrated a willingness to defend their country by shedding blood. Green on the flag represents prosperity, life, and peace. Green is also the traditional color of Islam, which is the national religion of the Maldives. The presence of palm trees in the Maldives is also represented by the color green.

The first Maldivian flag was plain red. Later on, in the 20th century, the plain red flag was modified by adding a black and white striped vertical band, known as the Dhandimathi. In 1926, the then Prime Minister Majid Amir Didi introduced the white crescent moon to the flag and subsequently added the green rectangle.

The 1926 flag was used up to 1959 when the southern atolls of the Maldives broke away from the Maldives. A new flag was adopted, comprising of blue, green and red horizontal stripes with three white 5-pointed stars and the crescent moon. When the Maldives gained independence in 1965, the 1926 flag was reinstated but the Dhandimathi was removed. The flag adopted in1965 is the current flag of the Maldives.

This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018

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