I am not sure what’s so appealing with country flags that I decided to use flag counter to help me introduce your flags whenever you visit my blogs.
I am not sure when the first time I started to like country flags. How many countries are there in the whole world on this planet? more than 200 I am pretty sure. I even just heard a country named Palau (Please google it if you want to know more about it. I am not here today to introduce Palau to you.)
I am not sure which country flags I like the most. Every country shows off its own beauty in a way I fail to describe how. And the beauty is reflected on its flag as well, at least it is in my eyes. Whenever I see a new flag popping up on my flag counter, I become as excited as child being given chocolates. Whenever I have the time, I spare some moment to learn more about the countries in which flags popped up on my flag counter. Sorry to say, I sometimes say “Oh,there is the country named “….”. I didn’t know it.”
I have no idea whether there are some criteria of flags I consider attractive. Is it the shape? Like Nepalis’ flag? the colors, maybe? The answers to those questions is simply ” There are no criteria.”
Take a look at my flag! Two simple equal horizontal bands : The Red and White-Sang Saka Merah Putih. The red (top) symbolizes bravery, while white(bottom) symbolizes purity of the heart.
It’s a real pride within myself whenever I see my flag which is actually similar to the flags of Poland( only differ in the order of the red and white), is identical to the flag of Hesse (a German state), and some other countries. I can even try to imagine Austrian flag is my flag when I cover the bottom red.
Do you know some little cupcakes with country flags pricked on them as decorations? you know those little country flags with toothpicks as the posts? Some years ago, I went to a store which sold some little cupcakes with those little flags pricked on them. I felt lucky as I got the German flag, the flag I’d wanted to have for a collection since I was, hmm, teenagers. Blame on their winning on the world cup in 1995, if I am not mistaken! Having won the world cup for many times has invited my curiosity about the country. Then I’ve come to realize I like country flags! AH!!! strange, now I found the answer to my own question when I started to like country flags! memory yang payah!
I know, well pretty know, the history behind my own flag. I am pretty sure yours have historical background until they become the flags you respect now. Every Indonesian has Sang Saka Merah Putih- The red and white, at home. Sometimes we do have more than one. I am not sure whether you have at least one of your flag at home too. And I am still having questions whether these actions below are also done there in your native land:
1. Hoist the flag on national public days off or independence day(of course).
2. Schools either private ones or the public ones have the red and white hosted especially on Monday. Then it has to be put down before 6 P.M- that’s the way we show respect to our flag.
3. When you see the red and white is hosted a half way of the post, there is only one meaning to it: one of the important and respected people in the country passes away.
I am pretty sure you, a citizen of a country ( exclude the dual citizenship holder people) think it is NOT silly to pay homage to your country flag.
I am pretty sure there is a sense of pride surge into you whenever you see your flag is on the other land of your own country.
I am pretty sure there is a little chunk of patriotism whenever you see your flags are hoisted along the streets to welcome foreign guests, foreign presidents, or entourage.
I am sure, flags and your national anthems are your symbols of pride even though you fail to explain me how.
I have only slightly doubt that you won’t like it if you see your flag is covered the whole stadiums in which the world cup is being held.
Whether or not I know the whole historical stories of your flags, it doesn’t stop me from being excited whenever I see you pop up here.
Maybe my excitement sounds silly to your ears, but perhaps that’s just me being the citizen of the world with a chunk of patriotism as an Indonesian.