Flag adopted 13 January 1972, coat of arms adopted February 1971.
The national flag is bottle green in color and rectangular in size with the length to width ratio of 10:6 bearing a red circle on the body of the green. The red circle has a radius of one fifth of the length of the flag. Its center is placed on the middle of the perpendicular drawn from the nine twentieth part of the flag. The background color symbolizes the greenery of Bangladesh with its vitality and youthfulness while the red disc represents the rising sun and the sacrifice our people made to obtain our independence.
The Historical Flag
This is the first flag of the independence movement. Initially, the flag had a map of Bangladesh in gold at the center of the red circle. This was the original design of the flag of Bangladesh under which the valiant freedom fighters fought during our liberation war. On the 3rd of March 1971, ASM Abdur Rab, the then Vice President of Dhaka University Students´ Union, hoisted the flag for the first time at the historic Dhaka University location known as bawt-tawla. This flag was also raised at the then Ramna Racecourse (now a park renamed as Shuhrawardy Uddayan) when Bangobandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave his historic speech proclaiming “this struggle is the struggle for liberation”.
The approximate color shades are:
Green: CMYK 100-0-70-40, Pantone 342c
Red: CMYK 0-100-80-5, no Pantone given.
(by Zeljko Heimer, courtesy Flags of the World)
All following images are by Zeljko Heimer, courtesy Flags of the World)