Flag of Palau
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|Use||Civil and state flag, civil and state ensign|
|Adopted||1 January 1981|
|Design||A light blue field with the large yellow disk shifted slightly to the hoist-side of center.|
|Designed by||Blau J. Skebong|
The flag of Palau was adopted on 1 January 1981, when the island group separated from the United Nations Trust Territory. As with the flags of several other Pacific island groups, light blue is the colour used to represent the ocean and the nation's place within it. While this puts Palau in common with the Federated States of Micronesia and other neighboring island groups, the disc on the flag (similar to that on Japan's flag) is off-centre like that of the flag of Bangladesh, but in this case represents the moon instead of the sun. The current flag was introduced in 1981 when Palau became a republic.
Previously, the flag of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was flown jointly with the United Nations and American flags. The flag's very simple design belies the depth of meaning attributed to it. The explanation for the choice of colours is rooted in the history and customs of the Palauan people. The light blue of the field symbolizes the Pacific Ocean, and also represents the transition from foreign domination to self-government. The golden disk, which sits slightly off-centre toward the hoist, represents the full moon. The Palauans consider the full moon to be the optimum time for human activity. At this time of the month, celebrations, fishing, sowing, harvesting, tree-felling, and the carving of traditional canoes are carried out. The moon is a symbol of peace, love, and tranquility.
Japanese international relations professor Futaranosuke Nagoshi has suggested that the Palauan flag pays tribute to the Rising Sun Flag of Japan and symbolizes amity between Palau and Japan. Former Palauan President Kuniwo Nakamura responded to this theory in an interview with the ambiguous statement, "That's one way of putting it." John Blau Skebong, the designer of the flag, denied such allegation, saying there is no special connection between the two flags.
According to the Palauan government website, the flag is a golden-yellow full moon slightly off-centered on a field of sky-blue. The width of flag is 13⁄5 of the flag's height, meaning the aspect ratio is 5:8, the moon has the diameter as 3⁄5 of flag's height, the center of moon is placed on the middle of the flag's height and has the distance as 7⁄10 of the flag's height away from the hoist side.
Flag of the German Colonial Empire, used in some of Palau from 1885, and all of Palau 1899–1914
Flag of Japan, used in Palau 1914–1944
This flag of the United States was used in Palau from 1944–1959
The flag of the United Nations was used in Palau from 1947–1965
Flag of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was used in ROP 1965–1981
- Republic of Palau Convention History of the National Flag
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