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Ethiopian Flag

February 22, 2010

Here is a little bit of history on the Ethiopian Flag….

Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world that has no history of colonization. Upon their independence, many African countries adopted the colors of the Ethiopian flag – green, yellow and red – that became known as the Pan-African colors.

The official flag of Ethiopia consists of three equal and horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from the angles between the points on a light blue disk centered on the three bands.

The yellow pentagram on the blue disk, also known as the National Coat of Arms, is a symbol of the current government; it is intended to reflect the desire of the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia, as well as of its religious communities, to live together in unity and equality.

Prior governments had their own unique identifiers (National Coat of Arms) on the flag. For instance, the DERGUE had the Arma placed on the flag and the late Emperor Haile Sellassie had the Lion of Judah on the flag.

Although the National Coat of Arms has changed with the governments over the times – the green, the yellow and the red – has survived.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2010 10:43 pm

    I have some extended family out of the Birmingham area also adopting from Ethiopia this year! Don’t know if they have a travel date yet, there have been quite a few delays…

    • February 22, 2010 10:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by.

      I just checked out your site talking about what you guys are doing in Vietnam! So awesome!

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