KATHMANDU, Nepal — On a walk around Kathmandu, I encountered a small contingent of locals seemed to be demonstrating some form of patriotic showing, carrying the twin-triangles that comprise Nepal’s national flag, whose origins reach back more than 2,000 years.
Its shape represents the Himalayas, as well as one-half of a pagoda silhouette.
The flag is a simplified combination of two single pennons, the vexillological word for a pennant. Its crimson red is the color of the rhododendron, the country’s national flower. Red is also the sign of victory in war. The blue border is the colour of peace. Until 1962, the flag’s emblems, the sun and the crescent moon, had human faces. They were removed to modernize the flag.
The specifications for the flag’s design are also quite involved, with specific aspect ratios and positioning of the celestial figures — in all, a pretty cool story behind the most unique flag on Earth.