The flag of Djibouti features two horizontal bands of equal size, with a white band on the top and a light blue band on the bottom. In the center of the white band is a red, five-pointed star, which represents the unity of the people of Djibouti. The blue represents the sea and sky, while the white symbolizes peace. The flag was adopted on June 27, 1977, when Djibouti gained independence from France. The flag is a relatively simple design, but it carries important symbolism for the people of Djibouti.