Information about the Egyptian Flag: Colors and Meaning of the Flag of Egypt

:: Meaning of the Egyptian Flag ::

The Egyptian Flag was adopted on 4th October, 1984. It consists of three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and black. The ‘Eagle of Saladin’ (a shield superimposed on a golden eagle facing the hoist side above a scroll bearing the name of the country in Arabic) is the national emblem of Egypt and it is placed at the middle of the white band of the Egyptian flag. The flag ratio of the Egyptian flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1½ times the height).

The colors of the Egyptian flag are very significant. The red color symbolizes the historic period before the Revolution when the power of the deposed King Farouk, King of Egypt, was taken over by army officers. It is a period of struggle against the British occupation. White stands for the Revolution of 1952 which ended the monarchy without bloodshed while black is symbolic of the end of cruelty faced by the people of Egypt at the hands of Egyptian monarchy and British colonialism..

:: Meaning of the Egyptian Coat and Arms ::

The “Eagle of Saladin” depicting power, beauty and independence, holds a scroll on which the name of the state appears in Arabic script: “Arab Republic of Egypt”. Saladin (Salah al-Din Yusuf) (1138-1193) was the first Ayubid Sultan. He ruled over Egypt, Hejaz, Syria and Mesopotamia.

The eagle carries on its breast a shield with the flag’s colors.

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