The flag of Ethiopia with the current badge was on 6 In February 1996 and officially launched on 28 August 2009 changed slightly. The basic their tricolor was in the 19th Century used and is the origin of the Pan-African colors.
The colors are interpreted in different ways. The official symbolism:
- Green stands for the fertility of the soil of the country.
- Yellow stands for the love of country.
- Red stands for strength and reminds us of the blood that was shed in the struggle against the oppressors.
At the same time the colors represent the most significant parts of the country:
- Green for Shewa
- Yellow for Amhara
- Red for Tigre
Further, the religious sector, attributed interpretation refers to the Christian Trinity. After that,
- Green for the Holy Spirit
- Yellow for God the Father
- Red for the son
At the same time, the colors symbolize the Christian virtues of hope (green), charity (yellow) and Faith (red).
Under the Empire the colors were attributed as follows:
- Green was the symbol of the country or the hope
- Yellow stood for the church, peace, natural wealth and love
- Red was the color of the power of the blood of patriots and faith
The emblem in the middle stripe of the flag shows a radiant pentagram with equally long "rays". This is a symbol of the equality of all ethnic groups and gender and faith. The rays represent a bright future for Ethiopia, the blue background stands for peace and democracy.
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