The flag of Pakistan was adopted on August 14, 1947, the same day that Pakistan declared its independence. It is a rectangular shape divided into two sections: one smaller vertical white section and a larger green section with a white crescent moon and star. The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah designed the flag.
The green area of the flag represents the Muslim majority and the smaller white section represents other religious minorities residing in Pakistan. The green and white color combination also symbolizes peace and affluence. The crescent moon signifies progress while the five-pointed star represents light and wisdom. The flag represents Pakistan’s dedication to the Islamic faith but also the rights of religious minorities.
The flag of Pakistan is flown on five specific days throughout the year as well as on any other government order. The flag is flown at full mast on Pakistan Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Lahore Resolution in 1940 and the declaration of the Islamic Republic in 1956.
On April 21, the flag is flown at half-mast, marking the anniversary of the death of Muhammad Iqbal, Pakistan’s national poet, in 1938. The flag flies at full-mast on Pakistan’s Independence Day, August 14. On September 11, the flag is flown at half-mast, marking the anniversary of the death of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan and the flag’s designer. Also commemorating Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the flag is flown at full-mast on December 25, marking the founder’s birthday.
Pakistan holds the world record for producing the largest flag. At the Pakistan National Stadium in Karachi in August 2004, Pakistanis unveiled a 173,400 square foot national flag.