Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, adopted a new state flag on 21 October 2010 to replace the former flag in use since 1974. The new flag was introduced along with implementing changes to the country's name, which were laid out in the 2008 Constitution.
The new flag has horizontal stripes of yellow, green and red with a big white star in the middle. The three colours of the stripes are meant to symbolise solidarity, peace and tranquility, and courage and decisiveness.
Old National Flag of Myanmar
The State Flag is rectangular in shape and its background
colour is red with a dark blue canton at the top left corner. A pinion and
ears of paddy encircled with fourteen white stars of equal size have been
superimposed on the dark blue field of the canton.
The centre of the pinion coincides with the centre of the blue canton. The
pinion has fourteen cogs of equal size and within it are two ears of paddy
consisting of 34 grains. At the top of each cog of the pinion is a star
with five vertices. The paddy represents the peasants while the pinion stands
for the workers who form the majority of the people in the country, 14 uniform
white stars symbolize the equal status and union spirit of the 7 States
and 7 Divisions that constitute the Union of Myanmar.
Of the three colours of the flag, red signifies courage and decisiveness,
white signifies purity and virtue and dark blue signifies peace and integrity.
The distinguishing features of the State Seal are as
a) At the centre of the State Seal is a pinion with fourteen equal-sized
cogs on which the map of Myanmar is superimposed. The pinion and the map
are encircled with two ears of paddy.
b) The ears of paddy are flanked on each side by an artistic Myanmar Lion.
The lion on the right side faces towards the right and the one on the left
side faces towards the left.
c) The words "The Union of Myanmar" are inscribed in Myanmar below the lions
and the ears of paddy.
d) At the top of the State Seal is a star with five vertices.
e) Myanmar floral designs are etched on either side of the ears of paddy
and the star.
Flags of Myanmar from time to time