Flag of Madagascar
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|Use||National flag and ensign|
|Adopted||14 October 1958|
|Design||Two horizontal bands of red and green with a white vertical band on the hoist side|
Variant flag of Madagascar
The colors of the flag represent Madagascar's history, yearning for independence, and traditional classes. Red and white were the colors of the Merina kingdom, which succumbed to France in 1896. They were used in the flag of the last Merina monarch, Queen Ranavalona III. They may indicate the ethnic origins of the Malagasy people in Southeast Asia, and are shared by the flag of Indonesia. Green was the color of the Hova, the largest class of peasant commoners, who played a significant role in anti-French agitation and the independence movement.
1:20 Masthead pennant
2:3 Flag of the Malagasy Protectorate, 1885–1896
2:3 Didier Ratsiraka, 1976–1993, obverse side
- Merina local flag (Madagascar). Flags of the World (2015-05-20). Retrieved on 2017-10-17.