The flag of Singapore is a bicolor flag, divided in half horizontally.
The red represents brotherhood and equality, while the white shows purity and virtue. The moon, a waxing crescent, is symbolic of the new nation, a young nation just beginning to reach its peak. The stars represent democracy, peace, progress, justice, and equality, each ideals of the new Singapore nation.
History of the Flag of Singapore
Prior to the current flag of Singapore, the nation was a crown colony under British rule, and used a flag with the British Union Jack in the canton. The national flag was officially adopted on December 3, 1959, not long after it became a self-governing nation.
The flag was designed to reflect the Chinese population as well as the Muslim population of Singapore. The red represented the Chinese, while the crescent moon represented the Muslims. Leaders decided to avoid using a solid red background, which recalled communism, choosing instead the white and red color scheme.
When Singapore became independent from Malaysia, after being part of the Federation of Malaysia for several years, it reconfirmed its national flag on August 9, 1965.
Last Updated On : January 15, 2013