The Flag of Laos

The national flag of Laos features a horizontal triband with red stripes at the top and bottom, a blue stripe in the middle that is double the height of the red ones, and a white circle centered on the blue stripe. The red stripes represent the blood shed for freedom and independence, the blue stripe symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and the white circle stands for unity under the communist government and the full moon over the Mekong River.

The Flag of Laos

History

The flag of Laos was officially adopted on December 2, 1975, when the country became a socialist republic. It replaced the flag of the Kingdom of Laos, signaling the end of the monarchy. The design is derived from the flag of the Pathet Lao, a communist political movement that played a key role in the establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The introduction of this flag marked a significant change in the country's political landscape, reflecting the shift towards socialism and the influence of communist ideology.