Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1532 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 13124 times:
Btw, why does the Indian flag sport a bicycle wheel in its middle ?
What appears as a bicycle wheel to you is the "Dharma Chakhra" or "Wheel of the Law" which appears on the abacus of the Sarnath Pillar built by Emperor Ashoka (the 3rd-century BC Mauryan Emperor). The 'Chakra' has 24 spokes and intends to show that there is life in movement and death in stagnation. It replaced the Gandhian spinning wheel (from the earlier flag) to add historical "depth" and separate the national flag from the Indian National Congress party flag.
Hope that clarifies.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 13092 times:
Ohio's flag is called a pennant even though it's not fully tapered to a point; I notice that Information Please's website isn't formatted to allow that shape, thus the rectangular outline around the actual shape of the flag.
PS Vatican City State's flag is also square, I think.
Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1165 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12985 times:
To summarize the facts:
Nepal's two-triangle flag is the only national flag in the world that's not rectangular, but some countries (Switzerland, the Vatican, maybe a very few more) have square shapes - a kind of rectangle. Some (Belgium, Monaco I think) are not perfect squares but their shapes are ALMOST square. And Qatar has a super-long flag.
Flags normally have officially determined proportions (1:2 for Canada). However, I think the flag of Serbia and Montenegro doesn't have (or didn't have) specific proportions, which may mean you could make a real long or real short version and it would still be official.
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3326 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 12922 times:
From what I can see, today's civilian national flags are all rectangular, with the sole exception of Nepal.
For the sake of uniformisation, and according to the type of flag required, they will fit either a 2:3 (small flags) or a 3:4 ratio, except for Qatar which seems to like flowing in the wind.
The "official" flag, meaning the first version adopted and documented as national colors, is usually not used except perhaps in official documents or in letterheads or in other printed forms (eg. stickers) or also on square banners.
(eg. as often carried by the Swiss guards at the Vatican)
The Royal Palace in Brussels sports a 3:4 flag, not the original 28:32 version.
Monaco is red up, Poland is red under.
The red thing might be the flag of the Republic of Flight in the States, in Africa it is a preservative for elephants.
Vimanav, I knew it was not from a bicycle... but still a wheel