Colors and the Meaning of the Belarus Flag
The Belarusian flag was introduced on June 7, 1995.
In addition to the red and green color, the flag features a red local motif on the white background of the Belarusian fine stripe. The red color, starting from the upper part of the flag and covering two-thirds stands for the blood spilled during the defense of the country, and the green color that covers one-third of the flag symbolizes the forests that the country has.
History of the Belarus Flag
After the collapse of Soviet Union, Belarus accepted a white-red-white flag but returned to Soviet-like flags in a referendum on 14 May 1995.
The first national state of Belarus was declared as the People’s Republic of Belarus on March 9, 1918 and declared its independence on 25 March 1918. The flag, designed on January 5, 1919, consisted of white-red-white horizontal lines. The white color in this flag pointed to the name of the country, White Russia. The red represented national freedom and the rising sun. Red and white colors were frequently seen in national costumes during this period.
Soviet Union Period
The white-red-white flag was used only nine months before the Soviet occupation. This flag was abolished until 1991. After the Soviet occupation, Belarus began to use a flag similar to the current flag. But, like all Soviet countries, a hammer and sickle symbol was placed on the flag. This flag was used until 1991.
In 1991, after the Soviet invasion, the first Belarusian Flag, designed in 1918, was reused. This flag was removed by Alyaksandr Lukashenka in 1995 and replaced by a referendum. The hammer and sickle-free version of the Soviet flag was introduced.
The decorative pattern of Belarus is the symbol of the ancient culture of the people, the spiritual richness and the association of the folk singers with the people. The current National Emblem of the Republic of Belarus symbolizes the historical commitment of the Belarusian people to constructive labor, the faith in the victory of justice, and the belief in obtaining a worthy place in the world community.
Neighboring Countries of Belarus
Belarus is a country located in Northern Europe. The number of neighbors in Belarus is five. Its neighbors are Poland in the west, Lithuania in the northwest, Latvia in the north, Russian Federation in the east and Ukraine in the south.
Main Characteristics of Belarus
The capital of the country is Minsk. There is no coast to the sea. The industry is in the forefront of the country’s economy. In addition to discovering historical textures, 40% of Belarus, where you can participate in festivals, consists of forests. White Russians constitute 82% of the population. The official language is Belarussian and Russian. Currency is the ruble of Belarus.
Temperature varies. The temperature between 4 and 8 degrees in January can reach 18 degrees in July.
Vegetables, pork and bread are the most consumed foods. Soup with plenty of ingredients is also delicious. Popular drinks are Russian vodka and Kvass.
|Currency||belarusian ruble (BYR)|
|Highest point||Dzyarzhynskaya Hara (346 m)|
|Total area||207,600 km2|