Meaning of the Flag
The flag of Thailand features horizontal stripes and while the design may not seem very significant, it actually has deep symbolism. The colors of the flag are what have meaning, and it is said that the colors stand for nation-religion-king, which is an unofficial motto of the nation.
Colors of the Flag
The flag of Thailand is known the Tricolor Flag. It has this nickname because of its use of three different colors. The colors each represent something different. The red represents the land and the people. The white symbolizes the religions of the land, while the blue represents the monarchy. This refers back to the unofficial motto of the country, which is “nation-religion-king.” The flag features red and white bands at the top and the bottom, with a thicker blue band through the center.
History of the Flag
The first flag of Thailand is believed to be the plain red one used during the 17th century when the country was known as Siam. Later, naval flags used this red flag with different symbols including a white elephant.
The first official flag was introduced in 1855. It featured a white elephant on a red background. The flag was modified in 1916 to change the elephant. The current flag was adopted in 1917.
The blue color of the flag was changed in 1917 to an indigo shade. This color was said to be the color of Saturday, which was the day that King Vajiravudh was born. Other sources say that the color was changed to show solidarity with World War I Allies.
The people of Thailand celebrate the national flag on September 28. This was the day that the modern design was adopted.