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Lebanon Flag

The cedar tree has been a symbol of Lebanon since biblical times (Ps 92:12, 'the righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon') and symbolizes strength, holiness and eternity. Its use on the flag appears to date from the 18th century when the Maronite Christians of Lebanon adopted the symbol.

The colours red and white are said to represent the Kaisites and Yemenites, two clans that controlled Lebanon from the 7th century until 1711. Red is also said to symbolize self-sacrifice and the white to symbolize peace. Lebanon came under French Mandate in 1920 and the French tri-colour was adopted with the cedar in the white central stripe. This flag was used until in 1943, a few weeks before the declaration of independence of 1st January 1944, the current version was adopted as the national flag.

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