Brunei Flag

Brunei Flag



Flag of Brunei - Description of the Brunei Flag
  • As the above picture of the Brunei Flag indicates the overall background is predominately yellow
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Brunei flag represent the following:
    • Yellow - a symbol of generosity
    • White - peace and honesty
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Brunei flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )

  • The flag of Brunei is yellow with two diagonal bands of white (top, almost double width) and black, parallelograms starting from the upper hoist quarter
  • The red emblem on the Brunei flag pictures a swallow-tailed flag on top of a winged column within an upturned crescent above a scroll and flanked by two upraised hands
  • Embodied in the emblem, in yellow, is the state motto in Arabic script which can be roughly translated as "Always Render Service by God's Guidance"
  • The scroll beneath the crest reads "Brunei Darussalam" which means "Brunei, the abode of peace"
  • The national flag of Brunei was adopted on September 29, 1959
  • The Meaning & History of the Brunei Flag - The Brunei crest on the emblem includes the wing, the hand & the crescent
    • The wing of four feathers symbolizes the protection of justice, tranquillity, prosperity and peace
    • The hand represents the Government's pledge to promote welfare, peace and prosperity
    • The crescent is the symbol of Islam, the national religion of Brunei Darussalam

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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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Brunei Flag Etiquette
  • Brunei 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 Brunei as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Brunei
    • State Flag of Brunei
    • Military Flag of Brunei (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Brunei
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Brunei Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Brunei 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 Brunei flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Brunei should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Brunei flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Brunei, 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
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 new flag
Terminology & Etiquette in Brunei Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Brunei flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Brunei flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Brunei flag to the top, then lowering the Brunei Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Brunei flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Brunei flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Brunei flag
  • The Brunei 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 Brunei 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
  • The Brunei flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Brunei 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 Brunei Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.

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Location: South-eastern Asia,
 bordering the South China
 Sea and Malaysia

  • Land Size of Brunei : 5,770 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Brunei : tropical; hot, humid, rainy
  • Population of Brunei : 365,251 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : N/A
  • Capital City of Brunei : Bandar Seri Begawan
  • GDP of Brunei : $6.5 billion (2002 est.)
  • Main Industries :  petroleum, petroleum refining, liquefied natural gas, construction
  • Currency of Brunei : Bruneian dollar (BND)
  • Agricultural products : rice, vegetables, fruits, chickens, water buffalo
  • Main Colors of Brunei Flag : Yellow, white and black
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Brunie
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Concise History of the Nation of Brunei and its Flag
  • Brunei Darussalam is one Asia's oldest kingdoms
  • Chinese documents dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries refer to Brunei Darussalam as Puni or Puli
  • During the Ming Dynasty (1369-1643), close relations existed between Brunei Darussalam and China
  • The Advent of Islam is believed to have occurred prior to 1000AD
  • In the 15th and 16th centuries Brunei was a dominant power in the region embracing the whole Island of Borneo and as far as the Philippines
  • Between the 17th and 19th centries Brunei lost its dominance to European powers
  • In 1888 Brunei become a British protected State
  • The British government was responsible only for matters of defence and external affairs

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