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History of the Bangladesh Flag
Symbolism of the Bangladesh Flag


Bangladesh borders India and is located close to Myanmar. 

It is a country made up of waters and rivers, leading to the south of Bangladesh where you will find the world’s longest continuous stretch of beach! 

It’s worth a visit to Bangladesh if you’re in the area - and worth especially heading to for an extremely off the beaten track experience. 

The Bangladesh flag name in Bengali is; বাংলাদেশের জাতীয় পতাকা.

The Bangladesh flag was officially founded in January 1978, but it has an interesting history before this. 

History of the Bangladesh Flag


The first version of the Bangladesh flag was used by student activists and leaders in June 1970. This flag was made from clothes donated by a tailor at the Dhaka New Market. 

It was initially hoisted at Dhaka university for the first time in Bangladesh by a student leader who was then the Vice President of the Student’s Unions at Dhaka University. 

This flag was displayed behind the leader of the Awami League as he spoke out in favour of Bengali autonomy in March 1971.


The flag was modified. 

(The map from the centre was removed)

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The Bangladesh flag was officially founded in January 1978. 

Symbolism of the Bangladesh Flag

Green - Green lands of Bangladesh

Red - Blood shed in the fight for independence 

Disk Shape - Symbolises “a rising new country”

The green background of the Bangladesh flag represents the green landscape and rich vegetation that makes up Bangladesh. 

It is also said to symbolise hope and importance on the Bangladesh youth. 

The red in the centre disk of the Bangladesh flag represents the blood the Bengalis shed during the Bangladesh Liberation War and the blood of those who died for the independence of Bangladesh. 

Further reading:
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bangladesh
Bangladesh Travel Itinerary 

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Zoe Stephens

Zoe is the marketing manager and a tour leader at Koryo Tours.

Her love of meeting new people and exploring new cultures has led her to study several languages including German, Japanese, and Chinese. Having lived in several different countries across 4 continents, she often writes about languages and culture in her blogs and is very active on social media. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was 'stuck' in Tonga for 1.5 years after a weekend away. Ask her for some stories! 

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