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Flag of Morocco
Morocco
Adopted March 2, 1956
Designed by (unknown)
Proportions 2:3

The flag of Morocco is red with a green pentacle (five-pointed, linear star) known as Sulayman's (Solomon's) seal in the centre of the flag. [1] Diameter of the circumcircle embracing the pentacle is 1/3 the flag width.[2]

SymbolismEdit

Red has considerable historic significance in Morocco, proclaiming the descent of the royal family from the Prophet Muhammad via Fatima, the wife of Ali, the fourth Caliph. Red is also the colour that was used by the Sherifs of Mecca and the Imams of Yemen. The Seal is an interlaced pentacle, used as a symbol in occult law for centuries. [3]

HistoryEdit

In the 20th century, when Morocco was subject to the rule of France and Spain, local flag traditions were restricted. The plain red flag that had been displayed by the ships of Morocco was modified by the French on November 17, 1915. To its centre was added the ancient pentagram known as the Seal, or Pentacle, of Solomon. The green pentagram on a red field was continued in use by Morocco even after French recognition of the country’s independence in 1956. [4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Flag of Morocco at CIA World Fact Book
  2. Morocco at Flags of the World
  3. Flag of Morocco at Wikipedia
  4. Morocco, flag of. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved January 15, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1355398/flag-of-Morocco
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