The flag of Belarus consists of a red and green horizontal stripe with a white vertical stripe on the left-hand side. The red and green stripes are equal in size and represent the country’s fields and forests, respectively. The white stripe represents the country’s snow-covered landscape and its noble traditions.
In the center of the white stripe, there is a traditional ornament called a “Pahonia,” which features a charging knight on horseback with a sword raised in his right hand. The Pahonia is a national symbol of Belarus and represents the country’s struggle for freedom and independence.
The current design of the Belarusian flag was adopted on June 7, 1995, after the previous design was modified to remove the hammer and sickle emblem of the Soviet Union. The previous design was adopted in 1951, and it featured a hammer and sickle emblem on the red and green stripes.