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Martins-Tuválkin, 12 June 2008
Flag adopted 21 October 2010
According to reports the constitutional convention has now
finished its job and the constitution has found its final wording. The
flag enshrined in the final document is the yellow, green, and red flag
reported earlier, but the star
is not positioned in the upper, green stripe, as suggested before. In
the final version the star is centered and enlarged so that it reaches
into the upper and lower stripes.
Quoting "The New Light of Myanmar" newspaper for 3. September 2007, here is the section on the flag:
Chapter XIIIThe drawing above is based on the report in "The Irrawaddy" for 3. September 2007, see: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=8478. It should be emphasized that the flag is far from being run up the flagpole. The constitution has yet to be adopted and it remains unclear when it will come into effect (or if it will at all). Unsurprisingly, both the constitution and the new flag is being criticized by the opposition to Myanmar's military government.
State Flag, State Seal, National Anthem and the Capital Regarding the State Flag,
"(1) The State Flag shall be prescribed as follows: The Flag is marked with yellow, green and red stripes in a proportionate ratio. On the green stripe in the centre of the State Flag is a large white star covering all the three stripes directing upwards.
"(2) Law shall be promulgated concerning the State Flag."
At website http://burmadigest.info/2008/03/28/2008-constitution-of-burma/
the new State Constitution of Myanmar (2008) is published (in Burmese
language). At the page nr.190 of the pdf-files
one finds the images of the new emblem and of the new flag.
Jens Pattke, 5 June 2008
The text of this draft constitution is available in English together with
draft constitutions of several states (all in Myanma and English) where you can
find descriptions (and images in some cases) of the official flags at:
Chrystian Kretowicz, 31 August 2009
A quick exchange of emails with Jos Poels revealed that the
same document is available from the website of the Myanmar mission at
the UN in Switzerland, indicating the document has official status:
Jan Oskar Engene, 5 June 2008
Xinhua People's Daily Online reported that Myanmar officially
hoisted the new flag - the one that we already know with three horizontal
stripes of yellow-green-red and white five-pointed star in the middle:
Valentin Poposki, 21 October 2010
More information and a picture about the new Myanmar flag is posted at:
The official name of the country has became: Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Zoltan Horvath, 21 October 2010
It may be worth of noting that the old flag was ordered to be burned
(I guess in proper ceremonious manner, as the old US flags are
More curious is the order that "the old flag had to be lowered by
someone born on a Tuesday and the new flag had to be raised by someone
born on a Wednesday".
Željko Heimer, 21 October 2010
by António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 June 2008
(near p. 190), the new flag of Burma is a
horizontal tricolor of yellow over green over red with a large upright
five-pointed white star horizontally centered on it, overlapping all
three stripes. The exact image used on the Constitution (at least in
its pdf version) uses for each stripe multiple contiguous areas of
similar color shades, surely the result of ill-chosen jpg-format for
the flag image, but not less authoritative for that. Much
worse, and harder to get right, is the fact that the star is shown
clearly squeezed horizontally, enscribed in a vertically elongated
ellipse of ratio ~79:85. Stretching the whole flag back
(108%), the star becomes a regular starry pentagon and the overall
ratio 4:7. The circle enscribing the star has a diameter of 6/7ths of
the flag height; it is not vertically centered, but offset to
the bottom so that the gap between the flag edge at the top doubles
that at the bottom. The overall specs therefore seem to be: ratio is
168:294, height of each stripe is 56, diameter of the circle enscribing
the star is 144, distance between the upper star tip and the flag edge
The shades of red and yellow used in the Constitution pdf cluster around respectively RGB:255-0-0 and RGB:255-255-0, which are our own default values for those colors. Green is bluish and greyish, though, around BS RGB:51-153-102. Seeing however so many obviously unwanted artifacts in the Constitution pdf image, I chosen a default value for the attached images.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 June 2008
by Martin Grieve
Petersen (1971) shows
an orange flag with a peacock as the president's flag.
Michael Smuda, 22 October 2001
(1990) shows a very similar flag and says: "The flag of the President
(1948-62) was orange with a peacock in the centre." However,
(1965) still showed the orange flag with the peacock, while Barraclough and Compton (1981) says: "Prior to 1974 there was a flag for the President, but it is
uncertain if this still is in use".
Mark Sensen, 22 October 2001
(1970) reported "The flag shows Burma's national symbol, the peacock, which
was used from about 1800 as a Royal Beast by the last King of Burma."
Ivan Sache, 2 May 2002
Kannik (1959) all imply this flag was in use since 1948.
Jarig Bakker, 17 September 2002