Flag of Nepal

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The flag of Nepal

The national flag of Nepal (Nepali: नेपालको झण्डा) was created in December 1962. It is the only national flag in the world that doesn't have four sides.

The current flag was adopted on 16 December 1962, along with the formation of a new constitutional government.[1] It borrows from the original, traditional design,[2] used throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and is a combination of the two individual flags used by rival branches of the ruling dynasty.[3]

Appearance[change | change source]

It has a combination of two red pennants with the large blue border around the unique shape of two overlapping right triangles: the smaller upper triangle bears the white stylised moon (the rising sun on the horizontal crescent moon) and the larger lower triangle displays the white twelve-pointed sun.

Incorrect versions[change | change source]

A flag used for Nepal at some 2016 Summer Olympics venues

Because of the Nepalese flag's unique shape, its large-scale reproduction is difficult. It is sometimes put on a white area to make the flag a rectangle; an example is the Nepalese flag used at some venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics where the flag design was placed on a cloth with the same shape as other flags at the Olympics, with the rest of the flag left white.[4]

During a visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Janakpur, a version of the flag with incorrect shape was flown by officials, causing controversy.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Flag of Nepal". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution of Nepal (2018)
  3. "Flag of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (CRW Flags)". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. "Closing Ceremony, 2016, Olympic Ceremonies – BBC Sport". BBC. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  5. "Ministry seeks explanation on disfigured national flag". Archived from the original on 2018-11-22. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. "Province 2 sets up wrong flag of Nepal during Indian PM Modi's visit – News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition". News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.