Wednesday, June 3

Hundred plus T for Thirty-one, Thirty-two and Thirty-three

In my series of presenting new visiting countries I use this ABC Wednesday = T to give you my
number 131st flag (Suriname),The Flag of Suriname is formed by five horizontal bands of green (top, double width), white, red (quadruple width), white, and green (double width). There is a large, yellow, five-pointed star centered in the red band.

The flag was adopted on November 25, 1975, upon the independence of Suriname. The star represents the unity of all ethnic groups, the red stripe stands for progress and love, the green for hope and fertility, and the white bands for peace and justice.

number 132nd flag (Cambodia)The Flag of Cambodia used today is the same as that established in 1948, although since then 5 other designs have been used. These have almost all made use of the image of the temple of Angkor Wat in one form or another. This famous temple site, which dates from the 12th century, was built by the Mahidharapura monarchs. It has 5 towers, but these were not always all depicted in the stylized version used on flags. The temple also appears on the arms. The monarchy was restored in September 1993, the 1948 flag having been readopted in June of that year.

and number 133rd flag (Iraq). On 21 January 2008, a new Flag of Iraq was confirmed by the Iraqi parliament. In this current version, the three stars were removed, while the Takbir (the Arabic name for the phrase Allāhu Akbar, الله أكبر. Usually translated "God is great") was left written in green Kufic script.The three green stars were originally placed there for the proposed, but never-consummated, union of Iraq with Egypt and Syria (United Arab Republic)
The flag is controversial, as some Iraqis refuse to accept the legitimacy of a government whilst foreign troops remain active in Iraq. Some Sunni tribal leaders took offense at the purging of the stars, a symbol of the nation's former Sunni regime. However, as of April 2009, Anbar province raise the new Iraqi flag as evident on the official site of Anbar province.

T for the THREE last visiting countries on my blog.


Roger Owen Green said...

TERRIFIC! My wife teaches English as a Second Language and flags have long been of interest to me.

Babooshka said...

My strangest visiting country was Mongolia as I know so little about that country. Cery interesting narrative about the flag.

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific - flags are fascinating!

Dragonstar said...

What a clever idea Arne. Flags are very interesting, as they are a representation of the country.

On behalf of the Team, thanks for your continued participation.

Karyn said...

Very interesting post!