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East Timor Flag

East Timor Flag

Wonder why the colors of East Timor flag? Or what does the Timor-Leste flag mean?

East Timor, original name Timor-Leste, used for the first time on 28 November 1975, after the declaration of independence from the Portuguese colonialists, was soon removed from the poles because of the Indonesian invasion.

On 19 May 2002, the flag was raised again to be, as we know it, until today. If you like to learn more about Timorese history or about people and culture just follow the links.  

What is the East Timor Flag Design?

The flag is well described in Constituição da República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Parte 1, Artigo 15º(Portuguese for Constitution of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, Part I, Section 15) so let us dig on it.

East Timor flag is “rectangular and is formed by two isosceles triangles, the bases of which are overlapping. One triangle is black and its height is equal to one-third of the length overlapped to the yellow triangle, whose height is equal to half the length of the Flag. In the center of the black triangle, there is a white star of five ends, meaning the light that guides. The white star has one of its ends turned towards the left side end of the flag. The remaining part of the flag is red”.

What means the colors from East Timor flag?

Red: “the struggle for national liberation”
Yellow: “the traces of colonialism in East Timor’s history”
Black: “the obscurantism that needs to be overcome”
White: represent peace

Color Values Table of Timor-Leste Flag

Color Hex Code
Decimal Code
Red#da291c(218, 41, 28)
Yellow#ffc72c(255, 199, 44)

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