Flag of Afghanistan

Afghanistan Flag



Flag of Afghanistan - Description of the Afghanistan Flag
  • As the above picture of the Afghanistan Flag indicates the background is tri-color - Red, Black and Green
  • The flag pictures three equal vertical bands of black (hoist), red, and green, with a gold emblem centered on the red band
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Afghanistan flag represent the following:
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
    • Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance

  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Afghanistan flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )
  • The gold emblem on the Afghanistan flag pictures a temple like structure encircled by a wreath with an Islamic inscription above
  • The Meaning & History of the Afghanistan Flag - The Flag of Afghanistan was adopted in by the transitional government in 2002 and pictures the Shahada at the top of the coat-of-arms in the center
  • The center emblem is the classical Emblem of  Afghanistan, one of a mosque with it's Mihrab facing Mecca

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
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Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a modern flag
Terminology & Etiquette in Afghanistan Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Afghanistan flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Afghanistan flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Afghanistan flag to the top, then lowering the Afghanistan Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Afghanistan flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Afghanistan flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Afghanistan flag
  • The Afghanistan flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Afghanistan flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • The Afghanistan flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • International Flag relating to Afghanistan Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Afghanistan Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.

Afghanistan Flag Etiquette

  • Afghanistan Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Afghanistan as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Afghanistan
    • State Flag of Afghanistan
    • Military Flag of Afghanistan (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Afghanistan
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Afghanistan Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Afghanistan should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Afghanistan flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Afghanistan should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Afghanistan flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Afghanistan, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect


Location: Southern Asia, north and
west of Pakistan, east of Iran

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  • Land Size of Afghanistan : 647,500 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Afghanistan : arid to semi-arid; cold winters
    and hot summers
  • Population of Afghanistan : 28,600,000
  • Former Name(s) : Republic of Afghanistan
  • Capital City of Afghanistan : Kabul
  • GDP of Afghanistan : $20 billion
  • Main Industries : small-scale production of textiles, soap, furniture, shoes, fertilizer, cement; handwoven carpets; natural gas, coal, copper
  • Currency of Afghanistan : afghani (AFA)
  • Agricultural products : opium, wheat, fruits, nuts, wool, mutton, sheepskins, lambskins
  • Main Colors of Afghanistan Flag : Black, red and green
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Afganistan
Concise History of Afghanistan
  • Alexander the Great used Afghanistan as the gateway to India
  • 700's - Islamic conquerors
  • 1300 - 1400's -  Genghis Khan and Tamerlane conquered the country
  • 18391842 Anglo-Afghan war
  • 18781880 Anglo-Afghan war
  • 1893 UK established an unofficial border separating Afghanistan from British India
  • 1919 Afghanistan became independent
  • 1926 Emir Amanullah founded an Afghan monarchy
  • 1950's Afghanistan developed close ties with the Soviet Union during the cold war
  • 1978 Military coup Afghanistan became a Marxist regime
  • 1979 Soviets launched an invasion of Afghanistan
  • 1989 Soviet withdrawal
  • 1992 Islamic rebellion - in-fighting between rebel groups
  • 1996 A group of Islamic students calling itself the Taliban seized control of Kabul
  • 1996 The Taliban took over the government of Afghanistan but the government was only recognised by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
  • August 20, 1998, U.S. cruise missiles struck a terrorist training complex in Afghanistan believed to have been financed by Osama bin Laden
  • September 2001 anti-Taliban guerrilla leader Ahmed Shah Masoud of the group referred to as the Northern Alliance was killed by suicide bombers
  • September 11 2001 - Taliban terrorists - al-Qaeda members - attacked New York's World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon
  • October 7 2001 - The Taliban refused to turn over Bin Laden and the U.S. and its allies began daily air strikes against Afghan military installations
  • December 7 2001 - the Taliban regime collapsed
  • December 2001 - Afghanistan interim government formed
  • June 2002 - Hamid Karzai became President
  • 2002 - 2003 - Peacekeeping forces entered the country
  • March 2003 - US Offensive against Kandahar and al-Qaeda members
  • August 2003 - NATO assumed command of peacekeeping troops
  • January 4, 2004 - New constitution introduced
  • April 2004 - US Offensive along the Pakistan border against al-Qaeda members
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