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Kenyan Flag

The Kenya flag truly exemplifies Kenya's national unity and reflects the historical events that shaped the country. The Kenya flag consists of three equal-sized horizontal stripes of black, red and green, each holding a symbolic significance for the country. The stripes are separated by two thinner white stripes and a large warrior's shield covered with crossed spears is superimposed over the flag's centre.

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colours. The colours on the Kenyan flag represent the following:

  • White - peace and honesty
  • Red    - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
  • Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance
  • Black  - Black majority & Determination

The basic style shown in the picture of the Kenyan flag is described as Emblem - reflecting the central design of the flag pattern. The Kenyan emblem depicts a traditional Masai shield and two spears which symbolizes the defence of freedom.

The flag of Kenya was adopted on December 12, 1963

 official language of Kenya is English, Swahili is the national language. It is based on African Bantu languages with a smattering of Arabic, Portuguese and English words thrown in.

 

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