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जब सम्म चन्द्र्मा र सुर्य रहन्छ, तब सम्म यो पृथ्वीमा नेपालको अस्तित्व रहन्छ ।

This prompting quote is the most prevailing sayings concerning Nepal, that we as a Gorkhali have heard and apprehended throughout history. From the time Nepal was unified as a nation, Revolutionary people and social activists have chanted over this saying.

Incipiently this well-stated Proverb is profoundly inspired by the flag of our country and its emblems of the Sun and the Moon. 

And the Renowned fact about our national pride, our flag is being shaped as a Double-Trilateral Pennon(flag), it is distinct from four-sided National flags of countries around the World. 

Besides this, Everything from the Shape, the Emblems, and the Colors of the Flag have been considerably inspired & incited with the History of our country Nepal and stand for their own purposes.

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What is the significance of the Sun and the Moon in Nepal’s Flag?

Originally, the Sun and the Moon in our flag were the representations of the then two powerful ruling clans, the Sun dynasty (Suryabanshi) and the Moon dynasty (Chandrabanshi).

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But From 1958, the flag’s emblems, the Sun and the crescent Moon were done with human faces. Where the face of the Moon resembled a woman with Goddess-like features and the Sun of a Male Deity. It is believed that it emphasizes the mythos that The Moon as a god is often depicted as Female, while the Sun is often depicted as Male and typically her husband.

Yet During the Rana Sasan, The Ranas appealed that The moon signified the Royal Descents (Royal Family) accompanied by The Sun symbolizing branch of the Rana family (members of which were prime ministers until 1961). 

Different from these, Today’s eye-pleasing design of the flag was affirmed on 16 December 1962 with no facial featured emblems, along with the formation of a new constitutional government. The faces were discarded for a more modern aesthetic and to make it more alike other international flags.

Up to the present time, the notions towards the symbols have evolved and Now Nepalese contemplate that The moon expresses the pleasant weather of the Himalayas, whereas the sun exemplifies the warmth and the higher temperatures in the lower-lying regions of Nepal. 

By the same token, the most prevalent and widely accepted definition from the past behind the emblems persists to be: 

Like the Sun & the moon in the sky,  the existence of Nepal is eternally eminent.

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Inspiration for the Shape 

•Why is Nepal’s Flag shape different?

Our flag is a redefined combination of two separate trilateral pennons, combined into a double-pennon. 

In the past, most of the erstwhile Indian Princely South Asian States had trilateral Flags for at least 2000 years. The ergonomics of a Three-sided form retained the size compact yet long; which was easily furled with the wind, thus giving its visibility over great distances. 

Later when the British began colonizing Asian countries, they altered the shapes of the flags to a rectangular form supplementing room for varied colors and attaching the symbol of their Union Jack  (presently the national flag of UK) alongside as in the case with present-day flags of Australia and New Zealand.

Since Nepal persisted being a sovereign country even during the colonization despite the Union’s strong attempts to invade Nepal, Nepal was never colonized by any foreign nation in its entire history. Consequently, She retained her intimating double-trilateral pennon handed from the times of King Prithvi Narayan Shah. 

Hence, Nepal’s flag is still similar in shape to what it was before during the Unification of Nepal.

An intriguing factor behind the shape is the two triangles forming the Flag are right-angled with the ratio of sides  3:4:5, where the two perpendicular sides are in a 3:4 ratio which is deemed as the Eternal Ratio (ratio deducing the Shape has Eternal Everlasting Quality) in Vastushastra (Traditional Hindu Science of Architecture).

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The Intent behind the Colors decorating the flag

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With the Nepalese Era, The flag’s design has certainly improved to match the absolute profile of today’s flag but the Colors filling up the flag has remained the same since the official flag has been declared. The original variant of the official flag lacked interior vertical border which was later added in the modern-day flag of Nepal designed by Shankar Nath Rimal as per the request of King Mahendra.

In the flag, Crimson Red betokens the bravery of Nepalese spirits and is also the country’s national color and the Blue border represents peace and harmony that the country truly believes in. 

In essence, Our geometric shaped Flag has an appealing design that is different from others with the design elements: the colors, it’s shape, and the emblems having their own thought-out meanings interpreting the past History and today’s tranquil, serene yet sovereign persona of the country, Nepal.

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1 Comment

drajbhandary · June 7, 2020 at 10:48 am

We are proud of our nepali flags,salute

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