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 non-quadrilateral national flag in the world.

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 proportions, 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". 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.