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2 May 2013

The protocol, etiquette and description of the state symbols of the Republic of Belarus introduced by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus are regulated by law of the Republic of Belarus No. 301-3 of 5 July 2004 “Concerning the State Symbols of the Republic of Belarus”.

National Flag of the Republic of Belarus

The National Flag of the Republic of Belarus, which is a symbol of state sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus, is a rectangular cloth consisting of two horizontal stripes: a red upper stripe and a green lower stripe that are two-thirds and one-third of the flag width respectively.

A vertical red-on-white Belarusian decorative pattern which occupies one-ninth of the flag’s length is placed against the flagstaff. The flag’s width-to-length ratio is 1 to 2. The flag is fixed on a golden (ochre) flagstaff.

During ceremonies and other official events the National Flag of the Republic of Belarus is used with a diamond-shaped top edge containing a five-point star. The star is analogous to the one depicted on the National Emblem of the Republic of Belarus. Tips of the star are made of yellow metal.

The National Flag of the Republic of Belarus shall be hoisted or displayed:

  • over the Office of the President of the Republic of Belarus – permanently;
  • over the buildings of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus – permanently;
  • over the building of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus - permanently;
  • over the buildings of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus - permanently;
  • over the buildings of the courts of the Republic of Belarus, local executive bodies – permanently; over the buildings which host sessions of local councils of deputies, local executive bodies – for the duration of the sessions;
  • over the buildings, in the territories and on vehicles of diplomatic and consular missions, over the buildings of trade institutions of the Republic of Belarus located abroad, on seagoing vessels and other vehicles used for official purposes by the President of the Republic of Belarus, the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus or other representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus or the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus – following the regulations of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus;
  • at polling stations – for the duration of elections and referenda;
  • in military commands of the Republic of Belarus in line with military regulations;
  • at frontier outposts and border checkpoints of the Republic of Belarus;
  • on marine vessels and river ships registered in the Republic of Belarus;
  • in sports arenas – for the duration of championships and tournaments of the Republic of Belarus, international sports competitions in which national teams participate, during the award ceremonies honoring Belarusian athletes, who are winners of international competitions;
  • at other facilities following instructions of the President of the Republic of Belarus, resolutions of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, local councils of deputies, local executive bodies.
  • The National Flag of the Republic of Belarus can be also hoisted at ceremonies and other solemn events held by state bodies and NGOs, enterprises, organizations and agencies during public, labor, family holidays, celebrations and other red-letter days.

The National Emblem of the Republic of Belarus

The National Emblem of the Republic of Belarus is a symbol of state sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus.

The National Emblem of the Republic of Belarus represents a green-colored contour of the Republic of Belarus in golden rays radiated by the sun over the globe. On top of the contour there is a five-pointed red star. The emblem is set in a frame of a wreath of golden wheat-ears interlaced with clover flowers on the right and flax flowers on the left. Wheat-ears are interlaced with a red-green ribbon carrying two golden lines “The Republic of Belarus” in the middle part of the foundation of the National Emblem.

The National Emblem of the Republic of Belarus shall be displayed:

  • at the building of the Office of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the buildings of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus, ministries, state committees and other government bodies of the Republic of Belarus, the buildings of local councils of deputies, local executive bodies, courts, prosecution bodies, diplomatic and consular missions, trade institutions of the Republic of Belarus located abroad, in a number of other state-run organizations;
  • on the seals and document forms of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the parliament, the government, ministries, state committees of the Republic of Belarus, and so on;
  • on bonds, securities, stamps and lottery tickets of the Republic of Belarus;
  • on the passports of the citizens of the Republic of Belarus, diplomatic and other foreign passports issued to the citizens of the Republic of Belarus;
  • on border markers at the state border of the Republic of Belarus and at border checkpoints.

The National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus

The National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus is performed in cases envisaged by law of the Republic of Belarus No. 301-3 of 5 July 2004 “Concerning the State Symbols of the Republic of Belarus” and other legal acts of the Republic of Belarus.

Text of the Anthem

Musical Notation

Дзяржаўны гімн Рэспублікі Беларусь
Словы М.Клімковіча, У.Карызны
Музыка Н.Сакалоўскага

Мы, беларусы - мірныя людзі,
Сэрцам адданыя роднай зямлі,
Шчыра сябруем, сілы гартуем
Мы ў працавітай, вольнай сям'і.

Слаўся, зямлі нашай светлае імя,
Слаўся, народаў братэрскі саюз!
Наша любімая маці-Радзіма,
Вечна жыві і квітней, Беларусь!

Разам з братамі мужна вякамі
Мы баранілі родны парог,
У бітвах за волю, бітвах за долю
Свой здабывалі сцяг перамог!

Слаўся, зямлі нашай светлае імя,
Слаўся, народаў братэрскі саюз!
Наша любімая маці-Радзіма,
Вечна жыві і квітней, Беларусь!

Дружба народаў - сіла народаў -
Наш запаветны, сонечны шлях.
Горда ж узвіся ў ясныя высі,
Сцяг пераможны - радасці сцяг!

Слаўся, зямлі нашай светлае імя,
Слаўся, народаў братэрскі саюз!
Наша любімая маці-Радзіма,
Вечна жыві і квітней, Беларусь!

The National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus recorded in mp3

The National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus.mp3

The National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus shall be performed:

at the inauguration ceremony of the President of the Republic of Belarus after the Oath is taken;

at opening and closing sessions of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus;

during the official ceremony of raising the National Flag of the Republic of Belarus and other official ceremonies;

as part of meetings with foreign heads of state, heads of parliaments and governments staying in Belarus on official visits;

during the ceremonies of laying wreaths by foreign heads of state, parliaments and governments;

as part of military ceremonies in line with the regulations of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus;

at the official ceremonies held as part of sport competitions in the Republic of Belarus and abroad in line with the rules that regulate the organization of such competitions.

The National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus can be performed:

during the opening of monuments, memorial signs and other facilities commemorating important events in the history of the Republic of Belarus or erected in honor of renowned public, political, social figures and the military, national heroes, scientists, workers of culture and art;

at the beginning and the end of solemn meetings timed to the national holidays of the Republic of Belarus;

as part of official meetings held by state bodies and other organizations;

by citizens at public, labor and family holidays, celebrations and festive occasions, provided due respect for the National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus is secured.

The National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus shall be broadcast by state-owned TV and radio companies:

every day at the beginning and the end of a broadcast session; if the channel is broadcast 24/7, the anthem shall be performed at 6am and at midnight;

on New Year’s Eve after the clock chimes at midnight.

Standing for the National Anthem of the Republic of Belarus is required. When the anthem is played, men must remove headgear; military and other uniformed personnel should be dressed in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus.

When the National Anthem is performed at official events held by the Republic of Belarus on foreign soil, regulations of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Belarus as well as laws and customs of the host countries shall be observed.
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