Flag of Belgium

Grief is a word that describes black. This color unfolds the stories of misfortune, death, and conflict. In contrast with the Roman Catholic, black represents the priest’s capitulation to God. Black might also mean refinement, and people who wear all black can increase their attractiveness. But when it comes to business and employment, this color is a trademark of determination. A flag with a black color presents a strong-minded nation for Belgians. However, in Egypt this color means a fresh start for the second time.

A country said to have determination might mean it is a habitat of successful individuals. The color black actually lies vertically to the left were the flag is lift. The flag of Belgium is composed of three colors (starting from the left) black, yellow, and red. The color yellow is at the center, which means to have a heart with generosity. The color yellow not only means bright, vibrant, cheerful or sunny, but also courage. Whilst the red is a color that always catches attention and demonstrates awareness, for Belgians red means strength, hardiness, bravery, and valor. The Belgians’ symbolisms for red are nearly the same as the Austrians’.

Actually, this flag has a strange ratio of 13:15 and the facts about the proportions are still unsolved. When the Belgians are asked about their flag, they always say that a flag is really rectangle and not square. The maker/s of this flag was actually inspired by the German flag, nonetheless the flag is horizontal and the vertical style was inspired by France’s flag. The yellow pantone is yellow 116 c and the red pantone color that was used is 186. The pantone colors are based from swatches.

4 thoughts on “Flag of Belgium

  1. TheCorrector

    Wow, you must be good at making up stories, because this is complete gibberish. Like, you could not be more wrong. First of all, the Belgian flag was there about a century BEFORE the reunion of Germany, so the Germans actually used the Belgian flag as an inspiration and not backwards.
    Second, all you blabber about the colors is nice, but so, so terribly wrong. The colors have nothing to do with symbolism.
    On August the 26 in 1830, people came into the streets in revolt against the dutch king Willem. They were singing an aria from the opera “The mute of portici” about love for the homeland. And some of those people were waving around French flags (15 years before Belgium was a part of France). Some guys realized they needed a flag of their own or they would become part of France once again, so they used the old flag of Brabant as an inspiration, which had the same colours. The colours have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with hope, hate, heart or whatever. They needed a flag. They had an old flag. They used the colours of the old flag to make the new flag. Done.

  2. Riztys

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is rare that we get to hear first hand accounts about history.

  3. boehmmason

    @corrector
    He actually was correct on certain things. Germany did inspire the Dutch flag. The Germans had the black, red, and actually gold colored flag first. It was to represent the u informs the Germans used when fighting against Napoleon.Done.

  4. Knut S

    First the Belgian flag:

    The Belgian flag _does_ predate the German one, but not by a century – more like 18 years. The Belgian one came about during the Belgian Revolution (1830), the design was based on the colors of the Brabant crest, the design was based on the French tricolor flag. Much of the Belgian revolution was inspired by the France; as a reaction against the Netherlands: Catholicism, french as a language, the Belgian national anthem (Brabançonne) being inspired by the french Marseillase, and even the date for Belgian national holiday, the 21st of July is only one week later than Bastille Day. The French flag has been explained as symbolic of the three rights of man (equality, liberty, brotherhood), but the red and blue were actually colors of the city of Paris as the storming of the Bastille was a Paris reaction against and oppressive king. Likewise: Brabant’s colors were used against what they thought was an oppressive Dutch king. And the Belgian revolution is very much an extension of the french July Revolution. And the July Revolution king in France (king Louis Philippe) was taken in oath as “king of the French” instead of the traditional “king of France”. Likewise in Belgium: the correct title of the monarch of Belgium is still “king of the Belgians”.

    About the German flag:

    Came about eighteen years later. Again inspired by French events: this time the February Revolution of 1848. The German flag uses roughly the same colors as the Belgian flag, and is inspired by both it and the French flag. The Colors are meant to represent unifying colors of all the German people, but WHICH colors representing WHAT part of Germany is up for debate. I have heard that the red represents the Austrians (as there is red in the Austrian flag), and the black representing the Prussians. But there are contradicting theories here. But a more accurate answer is: It was very “en vogue” to wave a tricolor banner of some sort during the several nationalistic and revolutionary movements in the first half of 19th century Europe.

    About the Dutch flag:

    Much older than the flags of France/Belgium/Germany, and was the naval colors of the Dutch republic of the late 16th century, when the Dutch provinces rebelled against Spain.

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