The flag of Ethiopia has three horizontal stripes of green, yellow, and red from top to bottom. Centered over these stripes is a blue circle, on which there is a yellow five-pointed star.
The bright star symbolizes the future of the nation, and may also reference King Solomon as the Star of David. Surrounding the five-pointed star are five yellow rays, symbolic of the equality of the diverse people of Ethiopia.
History of the Ethiopian Flag
The flag of Ethiopia was first standardized as part of Ethiopia's Constitution in 1995, but some changes were made to it in the following years. The current version of the flag, which has the star emblem on a blue circle, became the official national flag in 2009. The flag remained largely unchanged from the constitutional specifications, but the blue circle has been enlarged.
Before this, the colors green, yellow, and red had been used in the region since the seventeenth century. The former Ethiopian Empire, which lasted from around 1137 to 1975. One version of a former flag of Ethiopia was made up of three pennants, one in each of these colors. For many years, the Lion of Judah was emblazoned across the royal flag of Ethiopia, which also featured the red, green, and yellow color scheme.
Last Updated On : December 18, 2012