The French flag is often referred to as the tricolor in English or 'les couleurs' in French. It consists of three vertical bands of different colors.
The three equally sized, vertical bands of the French flag are blue, white and red. The blue band is on the left or the hoist side, the red band is on the right and the white band is in the middle.
In France, it is known as 'le drapeau' or 'le drapeau francais,' which translates into "the flag" or "the French flag," respectively. The current design was first adopted in 1794. Between 1850 and 1830, the years of the Bourbon Restoration, a white flag was used. In 1830, the tricolor was readopted.Learn More
In French, the word "Mardi" means "Tuesday," and the word "gras" means "fat," meaning that Mardi Gras translates to English as "Fat Tuesday." The name comes from the practice of preparing for the start of a period of fasting on Ash Wednesday, which immediately follows Mardi Gras. This preparation may involve eating rich foods and using up ingredients like fat, eggs and dairy, which may not be allowed during Lent.Full Answer >
Many French traditions are centered around bank holidays, religious celebrations and civil customs, according to the official website of France. Easter (Paques) was a Christian holy day that has become a bank holiday. On Easter Monday, children search for eggs and are rewarded with chocolates. The Feast of the Assumption on August 15 is a civic holiday that began as a commemoration of the Virgin Mary's ascension into heaven.Full Answer >
Blue and white on the Greek flag represent the sky and the sea. The sea is critical to Greek livelihood. Much of Greece's industry is related to the sea, hence the importance of the color blue to the Greeks. Scholars also believe that the blue and white of the Greek flag may also be associated with Greek gods or goddesses.Full Answer >
The white eagle that appears on some Polish flags is the national coat of arms of Poland. The symbol first appeared on 12th century Polish coins and is still used on flags, publications and merchandise to represent Poland.Full Answer >