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[edit | edit source]
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.
Heestory[edit | edit source]
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.
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