Banner o Laos
The banner o Laos wis adopted on December 2, 1975. The banner haed previously been uised bi the short-lived Lao nationalist government o 1945.
Description an symbolism
The flag consists o three horizontal strips, middle blue strip is twice the height o the top an bottom red stripes. In the middle is a white disc, the diameter o the disc is 0.8 times the height o the blue stripe. The flag ratio is 2:3. The naitional flag o Laos wis adopted in 1975, when the kintra became a fowkrepublic. It is ane o the few Communist flags that does not use the five-pointed star as an emblem. This flag replaced the original flag o Laos, which wis red, with a triple-headed white elephant on a pedestal beneath a parasol. This expressed the ancient name o the kintra, "Land o a Million Elephants," an dated frae the 19t century. Frae 1953 onward the royal government waged war with the Pathet Lao, whose flag wis blue with a white disk an red borders at the top an bottom. Frae 1973-1975, the Pathet Lao formed part o the government coalition, before assuming power directly an prompting the abdication o the keeng. Their flag wis adopted as the naitional flag. In the center is a white disk symbolizing the unity o the people under the leadership o the Lao People's Revolutionary Party an the kintra's bright future. It is also said to represent a full muin against the Mekong River. The red stripes stand for the blood shed bi the fowk in their struggle for freedom, an the blue symbolizes their prosperity.
Frae 1952 until the fall o the royal government in 1975 the kintra haed a red flag, with a white three-headed elephant (the god Erawan) in the middle. On top o the elephant is a nine-folded umbrella, while the elephant itself stands on a five-level pedestal. The white elephant is a common royal symbol in Soothaest Asie, the three heads referred to the three former kinricks Vientiane, Luangprabang, an Champasak which made up the kinrick. The nine-folded umbrella is also a royal symbol, originating frae Mt. Meru in the Buddhist cosmology. The pedestal represented the law on which the kintra rested.