On October 12, 1954, the Somali flag was hoisted for the very first time, marking the end of colonisation and the reunification of regions that were separately being ruled by Italy and Britain.
The five points on the ‘Star of Unity’, the flag’s main feature, represent the five Somali ethnic groups found in Djibouti, the Ogaden region in Ethiopia, the North Eastern Province in Kenya, and the former British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland territories in present-day Somalia.
Six years after the adoption of the flag, 1st July 1960, Somalia gained independence from Italian Somaliland and united with British Somaliland.
Mohammed Awale Liban designed Somali flag, during the preparation of Somalia’s independence.
The Patriot passed away on 5th June 2001 in Toronto Canada.
In a bid to foster national unity and pride, the Somali government holds elaborate celebrations in the capital Mogadishu on every 12th October to mark the anniversary of their flag’s creation.
Security of Somalia’s city Mogadishu’s has been tightened and hundreds of security were deployed in every corner of the city.
The government and its citizens are expected to celebrate for the 62nd anniversary of the national Flag Day.
Somalia is recovering from over two decades of lawlessness and civil wars, having the first central government since the collapse of Siad Barre Regime in 1991.