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History of the Ethiopia Flag

Facts and History of the Ethiopian Flag

Have you ever wondered where the pan-African colors of green, yellow and red originated?


Wonder no more. Ethiopia used the colors for their 1897 flag which is one of the oldest flags in the world.

The Ethiopians carried red, green and yellow pennants into battle against the Italian army. You may see the flag of Ethiopia without the emblem. This is usually and older flag.

Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world and the flag adopted on 5 February 1996 is one of the newest flags. It was in 1999 that the council of People’s Representatives added the radiant star to the flag.


Ethiopia Flag Image


Some people see the tricolor as a connection to the Holy Trinity, one flag three colors. One interesting fact about Ethiopia is that although it is the oldest country in the world, Ethiopia has never been colonized.

The colors of the Ethiopian flag have at least three different sets of meanings. However the star and rays still have one meaning. But those meanings are better saved for another discussion.

Ethiopian history goes back to pre-Christian times. There is evidence of early Jewish settlements in Ethiopia and even some ancient Christian pockets. However what we are looking for now is information on the flags used by Ethiopia.








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