The flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo consists of a sky blue field that is divided diagonally through the middle by a red stripe with a yellow outline. There is also a five-pointed yellow star in the top left-hand corner of the flag. This banner was officially adopted by the nation during February of 2006. This process took place after a new constitution was approved by the nation in 2005 which pledged to return to a similar color scheme of the flags of the country from 1963-1971.
What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?
This flag has great symbolic meaning to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After long periods of violence and civil war, the sky blue is said to represent peace and stability in the country. Red is a common color symbol of blood sacrifice, or martyrs, fighting for a free or democratic country. The red on the flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a reminder of the war-torn past of the nation and what it took to achieve a free and somewhat stable nation. The star in the top left-hand corner of the flag is a symbol of a bright and radiant future for the country. The yellow in the flag is a symbol of the natural wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Who Designed the Flag?
The design of this flag has never been attributed to one person or group because it is an amalgamation of the previous flags of the country. The earlier flags of the nation make it easy to see the inspiration for the modern national banner. The red stripe was seen on the two different national flags from 1963-1971, and the yellow/gold five-pointed star has featured on every flag since 1877 besides the flag of Zaire (in use from 1971-1997).
What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?
There have been eight different flags used by the country since 1877, including the current banner. The first flag of the nation was a simple royal blue flag with a five-pointed yellow star in the centre. As mentioned earlier, the two flags in use from 1963-1966 and 1966-1971 are very similar to the current flag except for them being royal blue instead of sky blue. The flag of Zaire is perhaps the most contrasting symbol of the country compared to others as it features a green background with a yellow circle and a hand holding a torch.
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