National Flag

State flag of the Republic of Belarus

The National Flag of the Republic of Belarus is a rectangular cloth consisting of two horizontal stripes: a red upper stripe and a green lower stripe, which are two-thirds and one-third of the flag’s width respectively. A vertical red-on-white Belarusian ornamental pattern is placed against the flagstaff.

Colors of our flag signify:

  • Red – power, courage, honor, energy;
  • Green – hope, health, youth, rejuvenation, diligence, creation, natural harmony;
  • White – purity, innocence, accord, wisdom, knowledge.

The ornamental pattern is a symbol of the centuries-old culture of the nation and its spiritual wealth. The ornamental pattern in the National Flag stands for bread, harvest and procreation; celebrates diligence and prowess which are the cornerstones of people’s good fortune.

Belarus was the first country in the world to use its national ornamental pattern as an element of the national flag.

Facts about our flag  

  • This ornamental pattern was embroidered by Matrena Markevich, a peasant from the village of Kostelishche, Senno District, Vitebsk Oblast in 1917. A monument to this woman has been erected in Senno.
  • On the second Sunday of May, Belarusians celebrate the Day of the National Emblem and the National Flag of the Republic of Belarus.
  • National Flag Square was inaugurated in Minsk in 2013. The 70-meter stele with the country’s largest National Flag is in the center of the square. The flag measures 98 square meters and weighs 25 kilograms.
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