State of The Black: National Banner

I have had a special interest in the Sudan flag for a number of years. This horizontal banner is a tricolor, meaning that this flag is made up of 3 bands (also called stripes). This flag also displays a triangle on the left side of the national ensign, also called the hoist side. The Sudanese proudly hoist this ensign on Sudanese residential flag poles.

Sudan is officially called the Republic of the Sudan, note the, which I find interesting. The countries that border this African country are Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and others. Sudan is located in northeastern Africa and came under control of both the British and the Egyptians in 1899, some one hundred and ten years ago!

Flags tend to change over time. Countries and their people change, slowly. Since ensigns are used as a system to communicate, the right message is to be sent. The flag of Sudan has undergone some changes overtime, the biggest change being at the time of the revolution, some 40 years ago.

There is an interesting resemblance between the current flag of Sudan and the national Egyptian banner that is hoisted on modern-day Egyptian flag poles. The current Sudanese ensign hence is an obvious statement of the Egyptian influence that was more prominent in the past.

This country is a member of the U.N., and also is an active member of the African Union, and other respective organizations that seek to improve quality of live for all. The capital city of Khartoum is the largest city in the republic, and is divided by “Niles.” Some 5,000,000 folks live in the capital.

Like other national banners, the Sudan flag’s colors have specific meaning. The color red is said to represent the socialist revolution and the blood shed by the country’s patriots. White symbolizes peace and refers to the flag adopted in the 1924 revolution. Black refers to the name of the country. Sudan means “black” in Arabic, hence the republic of the Sudan or black. The color green represents prosperity and is common color used in Islamic nations.

Banners, ensigns and flags have hoisted on Sudanese residential flag poles for years, decades, and maybe even longer. Most societies in our world today have their respective flag or vexilloids, including a number of local societies in this republic. Both colors and symbols used in designs have meaning, alone and combined.

The Egyptians (have) had substantial influence in Sudan. The latter is reflected in the commonalities that are found in the national flag of Sudan and the national ensign flown by the Egyptians from their respective residential flagpoles. Both flags are tricolors that use similar colors.

Tricolors have been in use for years, including the flag of Sudan, the Dutch flag, and others. They present beautifully from residential flag poles.

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