Are the stars out tonight?
Not those stars! Stars on flags. Have you ever noticed how many flags have stars? Our own Ol' Glory has the world's most stars and has been modified 26 times - most recently in 1959 after Hawaii was adopted into the Union as a state. Stars are featured on 59 independent-state flags and can vary in meaning.
Here are a few distinct flags:
Israel's flag prominently features a hexagram-shaped star, known as the Star of David — the modern symbol of the Jewish identity.
Shaped as two single pendants, the flag of Nepal is the world's only non-quadrilateral flag. Its shows two distinct stars; one which depicts the sun with a crescent-shaped moon with 10 points, the lower sun-shaped star has 12 points. These celestial bodies represent Nepal's permanence and were stylized from previous flags.
Australia's flag is steeped in symbolism. It features six stars, five of which are seven sided and one single five-sided star which together represent The Southern Cross, a constellation seen in the Southern Hemisphere. The large seven-pointed star is a federation star representing the six states and territories in Australia. And of course, the Union Jack is a nod to Australia's colonial connection to Great Britain.
The striking flag of Aruba features a red star with a white outline. The background of the flag is azure blue with two yellow stripes. The only four-point star flag, it represents the origin of the Aruban people. The star's red color symbolizes the red soil of the country while the white edges represent honesty, purity, and white beaches.
If you want to see more stars on flags, come into Elmer's Flag and Banner where we can star gaze together!
Elmer's Flag and Banner
1332 N.E. Broadway, Portland