The Flag of Madagascar

The flag of Madagascar consists of two horizontal bands of red and green, and a vertical white hoist. The flag's unique design and color scheme reflect the nation's culture, geography, and history, symbolizing the nation's traditions (white), sovereignty (red), and hope (green).

The Flag of Madagascar

History

The flag of Madagascar was adopted on October 14, 1958, in anticipation of the country's independence from France, which was officially granted on June 26, 1960. The colors of the flag are said to represent the traditional Merina kingdom (red and white) which had significant influence over the island before colonization, and the Hova (the common people), who played a crucial role in pushing for independence, represented by the color green. This flag replaced the French Tricolore with a design that highlights Madagascar's unique identity and aspirations as a sovereign nation.