The Flag of Tunisia

The national flag of Tunisia is a red field with a white circle in the middle. Inside the circle, there is a red crescent encircling a red five-pointed star. The flag combines elements of Islam, represented by the crescent and star, with traditional colors of the Tunisian people.

The Flag of Tunisia

History

The flag of Tunisia was officially adopted on October 20, 1827, during the reign of Al-Husayn II ibn Mahmud, the Bey of Tunis. The design was inspired by the naval ensign of the Ottoman Empire, which had control over Tunisia at the time, combined with distinctive local elements to create a unique national symbol. The flag underwent minor modifications but its essential features remained unchanged. It was retained as the national flag when Tunisia gained independence from France on March 20, 1956. The red and white colors are said to symbolize the blood of martyrs and peace, respectively, while the crescent and star are traditional symbols of Islam, reflecting the country's majority Muslim population.