Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Flag of Bhutan

Today's featured flag is one of my favorites.  The flag is based upon the tradition of the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and features Druk, the Thunder Dragon of Bhutanese mythology. The basic design of the flag by Mayum Choying Wangmo Dorji dates to 1947. In the 1950's  the dragon, which had formerly been placed in a roughly horizontal position in the center of the flag, was repositioned to spread out over the diagonal dividing line between the background colors. Finally, in the 1960's the Bhutanese subsequently redesigned their flag to match the measurements of the flag of India, which they believed fluttered better than their own. Other modifications such as changing the red background color to orange led to the current national flag, in use since 1969.

While this flag isnt that old itself, the Buddhist Thunder Dragon Druk goes back at least as far as the 1100's, and when you have a dragon on your flag, who really cares how old it is. 

DesignDivided diagonally from the lower hoist-side corner; the upper triangle is yellow and the lower triangle is orange; centered along the dividing line is a large black and white dragon facing away from the hoist side[

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