Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Senegal Flag Meaning and History

Senegalese Flag Description:
The flag of Senegal consists of three vertical stripes - the left stripe is green, the middle yellow, and the right stripe is red. In the center of the flag and yellow stripe is a green, five pointed star.

Senegalese Flag Meaning:
The green stripe represents Islam, progress and hope. The yellow stands for the country's natural wealth and progress, which will be achieved through the people's collective hard work. The red represents the common African struggle for independence. The star represents unity and hope. The colors are traditional pan-African colors.

Senegalese Flag History:
The Senegalese flag was adopted on August 20, 1960, just after gaining independence from France in 1959. Senegal joined the Sudanese Republic, which is now Mali, to create a union called the Mali Federation, in 1959, but withdrew from the Federation in 1960. The Mali Federation's flag was based on the French flag, with the French blue-white-red colors being replaced with the pan-African colors of green-yellow-red.

Interesting Senegalese Flag Facts:
Early in 2004, President Wade of Senegal reportedly had designed a new flag for the country, but in doing so he violated the country's constitution as only the vote of the Senegalese people have the right to change any of the country's symbols.

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