flag patch East Timor

flag patch East Timor

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Size: 6.5 x 4 cm (2.56 x 1.57 inch)

The flag of East Timor consists of a red base. There are two overlapping horizontal isosceles triangles on the left of the flag pointing to the middle. The bottom triangle is yellow and the top one is black. In the center of the black triangle is a white five-pointed star.

Meaning: According to the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of East Timor (Timor-Leste), the yellow triangle represents "the traces of colonialism in East Timor's History"; the black triangle represents "the obscurantism that needs to be overcome"; the red base of the flag represents "the struggle for national liberation"; whilst the star, or "the light that guides", is white to represent peace.

History: The East Timor flag was adopted on May 20, 2002, making it one of the world's newest flags. It is the same flag that was used from 1975 to 1979. East Timor declared independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975. Wars followed, and East Timor regained independence on May 20, 2002. The old flag was then readopted. Timor Leste is the country's official Portuguese name.

Interesting Facts: Following the parliamentary elections, the constitutional assembly restored all of the East Timor symbols from the 1975 independence, including the East Timor flag. (source: worldflags101)