Nine fascinating facts about the Indian Flag

The tri-colour flag evokes the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of Indians. Find out some lesser-known facts about the Indian Flag.

In 1921, in a meeting, Andhra’s Pingali Venkayya proposed a need for a national Flag to unite all of India. Gandhi Ji famously remarked that it was necessary for every Indian for whom India is home, to recognize a common flag to live and die for. Here are few fascinating facts about the national Flag which was adopted on 22 July 1947 by the national assembly of India.

  1. The National Flag was hoisted on 7 August 1906 in Calcutta at Parsi Bagan Square for the first time. It was made up of three colours green, yellow and red.
  2. Our National Flag is made up of three colours, saffron, white and green. Saffron symbolizes sacrifice and courage. White is the symbol of peace, whereas green is the symbol of prosperity. The Ashoka Chakra represents the spirit of righteousness or Dharma.
  3. Indian Flag is made up of a particular cloth named “Khadi”, which became the symbol of resilience by Gandhi Ji. Tri-colour made up of any other fabric is prohibited.
  4. According to the Flag Code of India, the tri-colour should have 2:3 ratio, which means that length has to be 1.5 times that of the width. All three stripes of colour should be equal in length and width and also be parallel to each other.
  5. Interestingly, the right to manufacture the Indian Flag is with Khadi development and village industries commission.
  6. The law didn’t allow the ordinary citizens to hoist the national Flag except on Independence Day or Republic day. But this changed in 2002 when an amendment allowed the citizen to hoist national Flag according to the flag code.
  7. According to the Flag code, there should be no symbolic representation or any other Flag above it. The Flag should be hoisted in a horizontal direction, and the saffron should be on the top.
  8. Bhikaji Rustom Cama was the first Indian to unfurl Indian Flag in the foreign country in the year 1907. She raised the Indian Flag at the second socialist congress in Stuttgart.
  9. In the year 2008, India became the fourth country to land on the moon. India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-1 landed its moon impact probe marked with Indian tri-colour on all sides. Indeed, a proud moment for all Indians.

So, which national flag facts fascinated you the most?

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