The flag of Vietnam or “cờ đỏ sao vàng” (red flag with yellow star) was officially recognized since 1976. It represents a unified Vietnam. The red flag with a yellow star has a rectangle, a width that is two-thirds the length, and a red background. In the middle is a five-pointed yellow star. During the public holidays of the country, we see the image of the red flag with yellow stars fly all over the streets. But not everyone knows the calendar, understands the meaning of the flag of Vietnam. Through this article, hope you will understand more about the meaning and history of the red flag with yellow star.

History of this national flag

During the Cochinchina uprising against the French colonialists in late 1940, the red flag with yellow star appeared first, flew in many localities, and then became the flag of the Viet Minh. The person who made the first drawing of the flag was comrade Nguyen Huu Tien.

In May 1941, the Viet Minh Front established. In their program, it specified: “after the expulsion of the French colonialists and Japanese Fascists, the People’s Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam will be established, taking the red flag with a five-pointed yellow star as National Flag ”. It was the first document to speak about the national flag of Vietnam.

In the middle of August 1945, the National Assembly held at Tan Trao (in Tuyen Quang province) decided to take the Viet Minh flag (red flag with yellow star) to revolt to seize power in the country.

The August Revolution of 1945 was successful, the first National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1946 wrote in the Constitution: “The national flag of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is rectangular, a width equal to two-thirds of its length, a red background with a five-pointed yellow star in the middle.”

In 1976, after the reunification of Vietnam, the 6th National Assembly of Vietnam adopted the red-yellow flag, the flag of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, as the flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, with some changes, minor change to the original flag pattern.

Meaning of the flag

The meaning is that the flag shown in the red background represents the revolution, yellow is the traditional color symbolizing the Vietnamese nation, and the 5-pointed star represents the 5 classes of scholars, peasants, workers, merchants, and soldiers. However, there is another idea that the red flag background symbolizes red blood, the yellow star symbolizes the yellow skin, and the 5-pointed symbolize the solidarity of the classes including scholars, peasants, workers, merchants, and soldiers in the family of large ethnic groups in Vietnam.

When you travel to Vietnam, especially during the Vietnam Publics Holidays or big event, you will see most of the houses in this country will hang on the flag to remember the meaning of the event. It’s would be a good chance to capture the scene and snap a picture.