The national flag of Oman. History of creation
Oman is a small sultanate located onsouth-east of the Arabian Peninsula. The country's population is only 3.2 million people. In ancient times, through the territory of the state, the British way passed from Africa to Southeast Asia.
National flag of Oman
The design of the banner was approved in 1970, 17December. The flag of Oman is a canvas, the proportions of which are 1: 2. Initially, it had a ratio of 2: 3. The flag practically did not change - the bands became equal.
On the canvas horizontally there are three stripsgreen, red and white colors. Green is the traditional color of Muslims and the personification of Al-Jabal al-Ahdar (the Green Mountains). White is considered the embodiment of the world and the state itself, and red is a symbol of the struggle for its own independence. Until 1970, this shade was the color of the flag of the Sultanate of Muscat (the old name of Oman). Muscat is the capital of the state.
The flag of Oman has the coat of arms of the Sultan (two sabers thatcrossed, and a belt with a dagger) in the upper part of the canvas. Dagger (hanjar) and sabers - national symbol of the state since the XVIII century. The dagger represents the supreme power of the ruling Sultanate dynasty.
History of the Banner
The flag of Oman was approved in 1995, on November 18. This happened after the coup d'etat, which was in 1970. The son of the ruling sultan not only made a coup, but also made changes in national symbols. Before that, the flag of Oman was red, and after that, the white, green and coat of arms of the country were added.
Red is the official color of the rulingdynasty Al Bu Said, which concentrated in their hands the power in the XVIII century. White symbolizes the imam and religion as a whole, and green symbolizes the fertility of the earth.
Coat of arms of Oman
The coat of arms is not just a symbolism. This sign can tell a lot about politics, economics and cultural values of the state. Oman has one of the most warlike symbols in the world.
The coat of arms of Oman is made in a minimalist style -two crossed sabers with a hanjar and a belt on which they carried cold weapons. Important is the color version - scarlet and white. The choice of such colors indicates the readiness to defend their borders and independence. Cold steel always represents strength and determination.
The Khanjar is a traditional eastern weapon thatforged manually. The blade of the dagger is double-edged, and the length varies. Therefore, it can be used both as a dagger and as a sword. Khanjar is an integral element of the male national costume. In ancient times a warrior could not go out without this attribute. In our time, this tradition has survived only in the townships. During public holidays, men wear national costumes and hanjar.
Sabers are also a national coldweapon of Oman. Local craftsmen create such products, which are bought by collectors from different parts of the world. The tradition of dance with swords has survived to this day and is demonstrated at official meetings. During reception of foreign delegations in the state it is accepted to show the possession by the cold steel.