The Lesotho flag is a vertical triband with in the center an enblem. The used colors in the flag are blue, green, white, black. The proportion of the Lesotho flag is 2:3. The Flag of Lesotho was adopted in 2006. The first use of the current flag design was in 2006. The last change to the current Lesotho flag design was in 2006.
The current national flag of Lesotho, adopted on the 40th anniversary of Lesotho‘s independence on 4 October 2006, features a horizontal blue, white, and green tricolour with a black mokorotlo (a Basotho hat) in the center. The design is intended to reflect a state that is both at peace both internally and with its only neighbour South Africa, replacing the old flag design that featured a military emblem of a shield, spear and knobkerrie
he symbolism of the colours is:
||Represents the sky or rain.
||Represents peace. Lesotho has had the ideology of peace since the ages of King Moshoeshoe I.
The first flag of Lesotho was introduced on 4 October 1966, the day of Lesotho’s full independence from the United Kingdom. It featured a prominent white mokorotlo. The blue stood for sky and rain, the white for peace, the green for land, and the red for faith.
A new flag, designed by Sergeant Retšelisitsoe Matete, was adopted on 20 January 1987, following a military coup which ousted the Basotho National Party after 20 years in power. A light brown traditional Basotho shield along with an assegai (lance) and knobkierrie (club) replaced the mokorotlo as the primary emblem. The colour scheme and pattern changed as well, with a triangular white field standing for peace. The bottom diagonal contained a blue strip for rain and a green triangle for prosperity.
In 2006, a new flag was chosen from four proposed designs; all of these designs included a brown Basotho hat instead of the shield. This was subsequently changed to a black Basotho hat in order to represent Lesotho as a black nation. The bill changing the flag was approved by the National Assembly on 18 September 2006, with 84 members of parliament voting in favour of it, 18 against it, and two abstaining. It was subsequently approved by the Senate as well.
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