Flags Color Meaning: Something that speaks of history!
I remember that ever since my childhood, I was curious about the colors and the meaning hidden in those colors.
I remember of asking a weird question to my arts teacher. I asked her, “Why is red always used to paint a heart? Why don’t we use other colors like pink, blue, yellow, green, brown or black to depict a heart? Is there any specific meaning of the red color?” She was surprised to hear that question. Not because she did not know the answer but because of the fact that she never expected such a question from a child of my age.
My question impressed her so much that she taught me the meaning of the different colors. I also had similar questions for my history teacher. I asked my history teacher about the Flags Color meaning. He was not at all surprised because my arts teacher had already informed him about the type of questions I asked.
He told me that the colors used in the flags of various nations have their own meaning and that each color represents something about the glorious history and the cultural past of that a nation. He gave me several examples and the first flag he picked up was that of America.
He explained that the red, white and the blue colors used in the flag have separate meanings. He explained that the red color stands for blood, valor, enthusiasm and courage. On the other hand, the blue and the white color used in the flag stands for justice, vigilance, perseverance and respect for God.
He explained that these colors were chosen for the glorious political and cultural past of the country. The next in line was the Soviet Union flag. The simple red colored flag, as he explained, represented the blood sprinkled by the peasants (the agricultural labors) and the workers (industrial labors) of the nations during great wars.
While explaining the Flags Color meaning, he picked up various other nations of the world. He spoke about the developed and the developing (3rd World) countries and explained that irrespective of the technical advances, every nation in this world deserves same respect and that the flags of these nations should never be humiliated.
He gave examples of various developing nations of Asia and also picked up a handful of developed nations as examples. He picked up Japan as an example and said that simple design of the flag has a lot to say about the history of the country.
The red circle of Japan’s flag represents the Sun because it is believed that the Sun Goddess Amaterasu founded the nation. Going further down to the south of Asia, he picked up India as an example and said that it is a developing nation but still the flag of the country has immense history attached to it.
Explaining the meaning of the colors, he said that the four colors (including the blue wheel) have very deep significance. He explained that saffron stands for spirituality and renunciation and implies that the citizens of the country must work for the betterment of the nation without thinking of material gain. White stands for the path of light and truth and the green for fertility. The blue wheel signifies a constant dynamism and justice.
He explained the Flags Color meaning of various other nations and that I believe was one of the best lessons I learned in my entire life. Learning about the glory and the history of every nation is not only interesting but also develops a feeling of love and patriotism among those who try to learn the essence.