Vietnamese Flag

Vietnamese Flag

 

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The Flag of Vietnam - Description of the Vietnamese Flag
  • The description of the Vietnamese Flag is as follows:
    • Red with a large yellow five-pointed star in the center
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Vietnamese flag represent the following:
    • Yellow - a symbol of generosity
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Vietnamese flag is described as Emblem reflecting the central design of the flag pattern
 

 
 
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Vietnamese flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )
  • The left half of the flag ( viewer's left side ) is called the Hoist
  • The upper left quarter of the flag is called the Canton
  • The right half of the flag is called the Fly
  • The Meaning & History of the Vietnamese Flag
    • Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the independence of Vietnam in September 1945 when the flag of communist Vietnam was adopted
    • The blood red color of the background indicates a communist flag
    • Each point of the yellow star represents one of the five protectorates of the Union of French Indochina - Tonkin, Annam, Cochinchina, Cambodia, and Laos
 

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
  • Increase your knowledge - Play the Flag Quiz
 
 
Vietnamese Flag Etiquette
  • Vietnamese Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Vietnamese as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Vietnamese
    • State Flag of Vietnamese
    • Military Flag of Vietnamese (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Vietnamese
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Vietnamese Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Vietnamese should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Vietnamese flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Vietnamese should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Vietnamese flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Vietnamese, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
 
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating anew flag
 
 
Terminology & Etiquette in Vietnamese Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Vietnamese flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Vietnamese flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Vietnamese flag to the top, then lowering the Vietnamese Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Vietnamese flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Vietnamese flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Vietnamese flag
  • The Vietnamese flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Vietnamese flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Vietnamese flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Vietnamese Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Vietnamese Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource
 

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Vietnam

Location: South-eastern Asia, bordering
the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin,
and South China Sea, alongside
China, Laos, and Cambodia

 
 

Vietnam

  • Vietnamese Land Size : 325,360 sq km
  • Vietnamese Climate / Weather : tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (mid-May to mid-September) and warm, dry season (mid-October to mid-March)
  • Vietnamese Population : 82,689,518 (July 2004 est.)
  • Vietnamese Capital City: Hanoi
  • Vietnamese GDP: $203.9 billion (2003 est.)
  • Vietnamese Main Industries : food processing, garments, shoes, machine-building, mining, cement, chemical fertilizer, glass, tires, oil, coal, steel, paper
  • Vietnamese Agricultural products : paddy rice, corn, potatoes, rubber, soybeans, coffee, tea, bananas, sugar; poultry, pigs, fish
  • Vietnamese Currency : dong (VND)
  • Main Colors of the Vietnamese Flag : Red
Concise History of Vietnam & its Flag
 
  • 1010 The Ly dynasty and the Chinese are repelled
  • 1226  Tran dynasty
  • 1288  The Mongols are defeated
  • 1887  Creation of the Indochina Union
  • 1932  Bao Dai, the last emperor, begins his reign
  • 1940  Invasion of Indochina by Japan
  • 1941  Ho Chi Minh takes power
  • 1945  Ho Chi Minh declares independance in Hanoi
  • 1959 The communist party starts military operations in the South and construction of the Ho Chi Minh trail begins
  • 1961  Kennedy increases US military aid to South Vietnam
  • 1973  US military withdraw
  • 1975 Viet Cong troops enter Saigon
  • 1976 The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is officially proclaimed
 
 
The Vietnamese Flag and Nation

We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding the Vietnamese Flag and Country has provided a useful educational resource. To improve your knowledge of Flags and Vexillology still further check out the Flags and Nations Index and test your knowledge with our interactive, multi-choice, picture-based Flag Trivia Quiz Game - it's fast and it's fun!

 

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