flag patch Maldives
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Backpackflag/Flag Patch Maldives
Size: 6.5 x 4 cm (2.56 x 1.57 inch)
The flag of Maldives consists of a red background with a green rectangle in the middle of it. In the middle of the rectangle there is a white crescent pointing towards the right side of the Maldives flag.
Meaning: The red base represents the blood spilled for independence and the nation's sovereignty. The green stands for peace and prosperity as well as the country's wealth of palm trees and the crescent symbolizes the Islamic faith of the island nation.
History: The Maldives flag was adopted on July 25, 1963. The flag of Maldives was originally a plain red flag. Up until 1949, the crescent pointed towards the left. The country gained independence from Britain on July 16, 1965.
Interesting Facts: The current national and presidential flags of Maldives were introduced officially on July 26, 1968 (source: worldflags101).