Meaning of the Flag
There is a lot of symbolism in Egypt’s national flag. Three are three colored bands that are designed to represent the Egyptian Revolution, the bloodless nature of the Revolution and the end of the oppression of Egyptians. The flag also features the national emblem, or the Egyptian eagle of Saladin, in the center.
Colors of the Flag
The main colors of the Egyptian flag are red, white and black. These are featured in horizontal bands of equal sizes. The red band, which is located at the top of the flag represents the time prior to the Egyptian Revolution. The white band represents the bloodlessness of the war. The black band at the bottom symbolizes the end of the oppression of the Egyptian people from the monarchy. The flag also features the gold outline of the Falcon of Saladin, the national emblem.
History of the Flag
In the mid-19th century, the flag used by Egypt featured a white crescent moon and five-pointed star in the center of a red field. Later under the reign of Isma’il Pasha and Tewfik Pasha, the flag was changed slightly, with the crescent moon shape being altered and now featuring three stars instead of just one. Through the early 20th century, the flag was changed again to feature a red field with three identical crescent moons and three stars on the left side of the flag.
When the region was designated as the Kingdom of Egypt, the flag was changed again. This time, the design featured a green field with one white crescent moon and three five-pointed stars in the center. This flag was used through the 1950s. After the Revolution of 1952, the Revolutionary and Liberation flag was used. It featured bands of red, white and black with the national symbol in the center. The design varied slightly from the modern flag of today. This flag was used until 1958.
At that time, another design was introduced when the nation was united with Syria as the United Arab Republic. The flag featured red, white and black bands with two five-pointed stars of green in the white band. This flag was in use through 1972. When the country was renamed as the Federation of Arab Republics the same year, the flag was changed again, this time featuring the Hawk of Qureish in the center. This flag was used until 1984, when the Arab Republic of Egypt adopted the flag that is still in use today.
All government buildings must fly the national flag on Fridays.
Other times that the flag must be flown include national holidays and the opening session of the House of Representatives.
Not only are there punishments for abusing the Egyptian flag, but the nation also has laws against abuse of national emblems and flags of foreign countries.