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Burundi Flag

Burundi Flag

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All of our printed Burundi flags are made by a process called Dye Sublimation. This process impregnates the fibres of the fabric, the result is a flag that has very accurate colour, and importantly the design appears clearly on both sides of the flag. This is known as ‘printed through to reverse’ and is an important consideration when choosing your flag as both sides will be seen when flying.

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History of the Burundi Flag

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Trivia
The three stars at the centre of the flag represent the national motto “Unité, Travail, Progrès”.
Technical Specifications
Adopted 28th June 1967
Proportion 3:5
Design A white field that is broken up with two red and two green areas inside of which is a white circle with 3 red five-pointed green-bordered stars.
Colours
PMS Red: 196C Green: 361C
CMYK Red: Cyan 0% Magenta 90% Yellow 80% Black 5%
  Green: Cyan 80% Magenta 0% Yellow 90% Black 0%
Brief History

The first flag of the Kingdom of Burundi was said to be adopted in the 16th century, it is similar to the modern flag but features a traditional African drum in the centre that is called the Karyenda.

When the area that included Burundi became a German colony in 1891 the flag of German East Africa was flown in the region. It was a white field with a black cross and a red rectangle that includes five white five-pointed stars in the left hand corner.

After world War One Burundi became Ruanda-Urundi under the Belgian military and remained in Belgian control as a League of Nations class B mandate and then a United Nations trust territory. The black-yellow-red vertical tricolour was flown during this point in time.

In 1961 Burundi became an independent country and a new red-white-green vertical tricolour with golden drum in the centre was chosen as the national flag.

A year later the design of the flag was changed to a white field with 2 green equilateral triangles and 2 red equilateral triangles with a white disk in the centre.  A Karyenda drum and a sorghum plant, which are symbols of royal authority, is inside the white circle.

For a very short time between the 28th and 19th of November 1966 the plant and drum was removed from the flag as the Burundi monarchy was about to be toppled.

The sorghum plant was added back after November 29th 1966. Then in 1967 the plant was replaced with three stars, to represent the national motto “Unité, Travail, Progrès”. The white filed is said to represent peace and the green and red triangles hope for the future and the struggles of the past.

The Coat of Arms of Burundi

The current coat of arms of Burundi was designed in 1966 and features a red shield with a golden border, inside of which is a golden lion. There are three crossing spears behind and a scroll with the national motto “Unity, Work, Progress”. It is also the symbol of the President of Burundi.

The Earlier Coat of Arms of Burundi

Just before the start of World War One Germany had proposed a Coat of Arms for the German Colonies. It featured a shield split into two with the Reichsadler eagle at the top and the symbol on the country at the bottom, the lion was chosen for German East Africa. On top of the flag was a crown.

Prior to Burundi being independent the Coat of Arms featured a red shield with lion, blue bird inside and four crossing spears behind.

Between 1962 and 1966 the Coat of Arms also featured the Karyenda drum and a sorghum plant above the shield and “GANZA SABWA” in the scroll below. It was also the symbol of the King of Burundi.

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