Flag of Laos
    Laos Flag
    Laos flag facts
    Adopted 12 October 1945
    Re-adopted 2 December 1975
    Proportion 2:3
    Use National flag
    Designer Maha Sila Viravong
    Laos flag

    Laos flag
    Laos flag

    The flag of Laos consists of three horizontal stripes, with the middle blue stripe being twice the height of the top and bottom red stripes. In the middle of the blue stripe is a white disc, the diameter of the disc is the height of the blue stripe.
Laos flag colors symbolism
Laos flag colors meaning
Red symbolizes the blood shed by the Lao people on both banks of the Mekong River in their struggle for freedom and independence from the French
White disk symbolizes the full moon against the Mekong River and represents the unity of the people under the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, as well as the country's bright future
Blue stands for the Mekong River and prosperity
Laos flag history

Laos flag
Laos Flag history
The current Lao flag was designed in 1945 by Maha Sila Viravong, a famous Lao nationalist, intellectual, and scholar of traditional Lao literature, history, and culture. As one of the members of the Lao Issara government, he was tasked with creating a new Lao national flag that is to be distinct from the royalist flag (the red flag with the white three-headed elephant) that represented the monarchy of Luang Prabang, inspired in how Thailand in 1917 adopted the red-white-blue tricolour as its national flag over the traditional royalist flag (the red flag with the white elephant). In accordance with the establishment of the Lao Issara government and its first Lao constitution on October 12, 1945, Viravong's flag was adopted by the new government as its national flag until the French takeover in 1946. The Lao Issara, as a political movement, continued to use the flag in exile until its dissolution in 1949. Its communist-led successor, the Pathet Lao, re-used Viravong's flag to represent the movement until the fall of the royal government in 1975 when the Pathet Lao re-adopted it as the national flag. From 1952 until the fall of the royal government in 1975 the country had a red flag, with a white three-headed elephant (representing the Hindu god Erawan) in the middle. On top of 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 Southeast Asia, especially in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. This flag was adopted by the royal monarchy of Luang Prabang since the beginning of the 20th century under French rule, inspired by its similar flag (red flag with the single white elephant) in Thailand during that time. The nine-folded umbrella is also a royal symbol, originating from Mount Meru in the Buddhist cosmology. The pedestal represented the law on which the country rested.
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