What do the colors of the flag of Bangladesh symbolize?

Bangladesh (meaning “Bengali homeland”) is a South Asian state located northeast of Hindustan, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Its flag tells the story of its warlike origin as an independent nation and refers to elements related to war (such as honor and sacrifice) but also to its economic potential.

With a ratio of 3:5, this flag is very simple. It is composed of a dark green background and a red sphere placed slightly to the left, so as to be visually in the center when the flag waves in the wind.

Originally, this standard had an additional element, which was later eliminated: the map of the country, in gold, placed in the center of the red sphere. This has been removed to simplify the design of the flag.

Note that this flag flew in the wind for the first time on March 3, 1971 at the University of Dhaka (capital of Bangladesh) then on the home of Sheikh Mujibur Rafma. It was a symbol of resistance.

The war was bloody and very expensive. This is why the red color of the sphere is said to represent the immolation of those who fought for the independence of the nation but in reality, it was originally the representation of the sun of Bangladesh.

What is beyond doubt is the significance of the color green. Bangladesh is an agricultural state, so green represents the fertility and abundance of its land. It has also been said that green represents the stability achieved after the war, but this argument is unlikely. The flag was drawn well after the events of war and one of the fundamental requirements was to represent Islam without using the traditional symbols (the crescent moon and the star). This was due to the fact that these symbols were used by Pakistan, then an enemy nation of the country.

Currently, this flag must be hoisted at a series of specific locations and on specific dates. For example, on the residence of public officials – including the highest ones, such as the president or the prime minister. It must also sway over all private and public establishments on Independence Day and Muhammad’s birthday, among other important dates for this country.

Curiously, Bangladesh broke the world record for the largest human national flag in 2013.

We find on this flag the history, the religion and the worship for the geographical elements of this country, whether they are natural or the product of the work of men.