Kenyan Flag

Kenyan Flag



The Flag of Kenya - Description of the Kenyan Flag
  • As the above picture of the Kenyan Flag indicates a tricolor of Black, Red and Green
  • The description of the Kenyan Flag is as follows:
    • Three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green
    • The red band is edged in white
    • A warrior's shield, covering crossed spears, is superimposed at the center
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Kenyan flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty, Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour, Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures has a sacred significance, Black - Black majority & Determination

  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Kenyan flag is described as  Emblem -reflecting the central design of the flag pattern
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Kenyan flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )
  • The emblem on the Kenyan flag pictures a warriors shield covering crossed spears
  • The Meaning & History of the Kenyan Flag - The Kenyan emblem depicts a traditional Masai shield and two spears which symbolizes the defence of freedom
  • The flag of Kenya was adopted on December 12, 1963

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

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Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the
Indian Ocean, between Somalia
and Tanzania

  • Kenyan Land Size : 569,250 sq km
  • Kenyan Climate / Weather : varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior
  • Kenyan Population : 32,021,856
  • Former Name(s) : British East Africa
  • Kenyan Capital City: Nairobi
  • Kenyan GDP: $33.09 billion (2003 est.)
  • Kenyan Main Industries : small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products processing; oil refining, cement; tourism
  • Kenyan Agricultural products : tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit, vegetables; dairy products, beef, pork, poultry, eggs
  • Kenyan Currency : Kenyan shilling (KES)
  • Main Colors of the Kenyan Flag : Black, Red and Green
Concise History of Kenya & its Flag
  • 10,000BC Upper Paleolithic (the Old Stone Age) period
  • 5000 - 3000BC Neolithic (New Stone Age) period
  • 3000BC - 1000BC - Evidence of migration of people from Somalia and Ethiopia
  • 400 AD - Migration of the Bantu Cushitic and Nilotic peoples into East Africa
  • 600  - Arabs began to settle on the Coastal area introducing the Muslim religion
  • 700  - Trade with the Arabs and Phoenicians in ivory, rhino horn, gold, shells and slaves
  • 1400  - 1700 - The Portuguese extend their empire to East Africa
  • 1720 - Control of the coast was won back by the Arabs
  • 1800  - Christian missionaries and explorers come in to Africa and the Europeans start a process of the colonization of Kenya
  • 1800's - The Maasai settled in the Rift Valley
  • 1895 - The British declared Kenya a Protectorate
  • 18951901 - A railroad was built from Mombasa to Kisumu on Lake Victoria
  • 1896 - 1905 Kenyan people resist the British rule
  • 1956 - Mau Mau Rebellion and Emergence of the Kenya African Union (KAU)
  • 1961 Jomo Kenyatta become independent Kenya's first president
  • 1963 - Kenya gained Independence
  • 1964 - Kenya became a Republic
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