A national flag is a flag that represent a country. The flag can usually be flown by the government and citizens of the country. Both public and private buildings, may fly the national flag. But the national flags are only flown from non-military buildings on certain occasion.
The using of flags begin as military pratices, used as field signs. The flying flags indicate the country of origin outside of the context of warfare arise with the maritime flag, introduced during the age of sail, in the early 17th century. Proper display of national flags is a great deal. The national flag should be flown in the position of honor. There are several rules that indicate the typical of the conventions when the flags are flown on land.
- When a national flag is displayed together with any other flags, it must be hoisted first and lowered last.
- When a national flag is displayed together with the national flags of other countries, all the flags should be of approximately equal size and must be flown at an equal height, although the national flag of the host country should be flown in the position of honour (in the center of an odd number of flagstaffs or at the far right — left from an observer's point of view — of an even number of flagstaffs).
- When a national flag is displayed together with flags other than national flags, it should be flown on a separate flagstaff, either higher or in the position of honor.
- When a national flag is displayed together with any other flags on the same flagstaff, it must be at the top, though separate flagstaffs are preferable.
- When a national flag is displayed together with any other flag on crossed staffs, the national flag must be on the observer's left and its staff must be in front of the staff of the other flag.
- When a national flag is displayed together with another flag or flags in procession, the national flag must be on the marching right. If there is a row of flags, it should be in the position of honour.
- When a national flag, with some exceptions, is flown upside down it indicates distress. This however is merely tradition. It is not a recognised distress signal according the International regulations for preventing collisions at sea.
- Further, a nation's flag is commonly flown inverted as a sign of protest or contempt against the country concerned. As of now, only the Philippine Flag recognizes the distress symbolism of the reverse flag.
The following flag is the national flag of Myanmar which is displaying yellow, green and red and white star shown at the middle.
The yellow represents solidarity; the green symbolises peace, tranquility and lush greenery; the red represents courage and determination; and the white star stands for the significance of the union of the country.
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