The Flag of Belarus

The flag of Belarus features two horizontal stripes, with the upper stripe being red and the lower one green, occupying slightly more than half of the flag's area. To the left, there is a vertical white and red traditional Belarusian ornamental pattern. This design is a significant symbol of the country's heritage and culture.

The Flag of Belarus

History

The current flag of Belarus was adopted on June 7, 1995, following a referendum. This design replaced the previous flag, which was used by the Belarusian SSR and closely resembled the flags of other Soviet Republics, featuring a plain red field with the hammer and sickle emblem. The 1995 change was part of an effort by President Alexander Lukashenko to distance the nation from its Soviet past and to forge a distinct national identity, albeit by reintroducing a variant of a flag used between 1951 and 1991 during the Soviet era. The traditional pattern on the flag is meant to symbolize the rich cultural and historical heritage of Belarus. Despite its association with the Lukashenko regime, the flag represents Belarus in international forums and is a symbol of the state.