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The Ethiopian flag was first adopted in 1897, a year after Ethiopia had bravely defended itself from advances by Italy at the Battle of Adwa. It has always had the same 3 colours that have been adopted by other African countries upon independence that the tricolours have become known as the ?pan-African colours?. It is a true testament to the only African country that was never colonised by a European country.

The current flag consists of 3 equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays radiating upon light blue disk

There is a healthy debate as to what the colours represent, but they are generally regarded as:

GREEN The land and it?s bounty
YELLOW Peace and harmony between the many tribes of Ethiopia
RED Blood shed by patriots defending the country
The bright future of Ethiopia and echoes of King Solomon
YELLOW RAYS They are the same length and represent equality no matter your race, religion or tribe

Website: http://www.ethioworld.com/CountryInformation/ethiopianflag.htm

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2008
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