Weird and Unknown Flags from Around the World - #2
First published: Sunday December 19th, 2021
Welcome back fellow JetPunkers and amateur vexillologists! This is the second part of my Weird and Unknown Flags from Around the World. So, if you stumbled on this blog first, you can view the first part here.
After the release of the first blog, I was able to gather a set of another 30 flags from the help of the internet. I hope this collection would expand even more in the next few days. If you happen to know some unknown or weird flags, let me know!
I realised there were a lot of Russian flags in the previous edition, so let's venture to other parts of the world this time.
So, let's begin our adventure of the second part of unusual, weird and unknown flags from around the world. Sit back, grab some coffee or tea and enjoy the ride!
We begin our second part with the flag of the American city of Fresno, California. To me, this flag looks like the logo of a company selling organic products directly from the farm or a packet of fresh coffee beans.
We come back to the Land of Weird Flags – it's Russia comrades! But what's up with this flag? It's a plain flag with an engraving of Jesus on it. Oh... how I wish I could find the story of this flag.
If there is one thing vexillologists agree across the world, it is that Japan has hands down the best flags in the whole wide world! This flag from the Japanese prefecture of Shizuoka features a stylised silhouette of the iconic Mount Fuji.
SIMPLE YET BEAUTIFUL!
We now come across the relatively unknown town of Vantaa in Finland. Its flag is not just strange, but doubly strange. First up, it's a square. Not a big deal, eh? Secondly, it features the tail fin of a fish! My take is that they drew the tail because it's the easiest part of a fish to draw.
Wait.. this is not the Tibetan flag! This is the former flag of Tibet used between 1920 to 1925. It features a "snow lion" which is playing with what appears as a ball with flames coming from inside. Moreover, there are mountains in the background and both the Sun and the Moon! Truly weird flag!
Bear, bear, bear. Russia is full of bears and its many flags are no exceptions. This one from the town of Anadyr in the extreme north east of the Asian continent features a golden bear with a red fish. This bear had been hungry for several hours until it found a fish to devour. There's probably another bear out of frame who wants to steal it from this one.
The last edition had lots of bears and this one has lots of fish. This weird flag comes from the Norwegian settlement of Kvalsund. Well, it features three fish which appear to... kissing? Or perhaps discussing their top secret plan to evade being caught in a fishing rod? They represent three different forms of fishing: traditional, modern and recreational. Not a bad flag, but hey, it has three fish on it!
Arica y Parinacota
What's so weird with this flag? Many of you might not understand the nostalgia it brings in me. I imagine my younger self trying to figure out how to open Paint.
Remember the Windows 7 startup sound, anyone? Anyway, welcome to Microsoft Land!
Honestly, this flag would better serve as the logo of tourist department or something like that.
The Belgian municipality of Sint Niklaas has probably one of the silliest flags in Europe. It's vertical Ukraine and then, they added a turnip! What? A turnip would be the last thing to add onto a flag. Eww!
I didn't get a lot of information about this flag. According to some websites, this is the flag of Balawaristan, a region in Gilgit-Baltistan, currently administered by Pakistan and disputed with India
which it rightfully belongs to. While other websites claim this is the flag of a political party in this region. Enough of politics now!
This flag features a mountain goat which is probably wrapped in a shawl, a clothing article used across India, Iran and the Caucasus to protect from cold weather. What's surprising is that a goat needs to wear it when it has furs which is used to manufacture high quality shawls.
Many of you might probably recognise this flag. It's the flag of the county of River Gee, Liberia. Now, most of the flags from this tiny African country show some bizarreness. In this flag, we can see a river which mysteriously begins from a tree. In the upper portion, there is blue colour which is most probably the sky. But two tree are flying in the sky. Absolutely brilliant flag. 😆👍
Chaldean People's Flag
The Chaldeans are a subgroup within the Assyrian people, whose flag was featured in the previous blog. This flag is somewhat similar to the Assyrians', but it a little bit more complex.
Oh Russia! You never fail to make us laugh with your flags made with huge creativeness and
inaccurate symbolism. The flag of Domnovskoye features an eagle paw which is coming over to grab you by your face! Watch out!
Boxing Kangaroo Flag
I can't show this flag here. It is copyrighted.
We now come over to the Land Down Under! Where women glow and men plunder... sorry, got a little bit carried away! 😉
The boxing kangaroo flag features a... well, it is self explanatory – a boxing kangaroo! It is used to represent Australia unofficially at sporting events such as the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Anyway, it is a huge symbol in Australia and if what I've read from Reddit is true, some Australians want it to replace as their national flag! All in all, the boxing kangaroo along with the laser kiwi will make a great duo.
And for our final flag, we embark once again to the great country of Russia. The flag of Pestovo features a bear. So what? That's pretty common. It's the position the bear is sitting in. It's like a candid photo was taken when this bear was busy adding some secret ingredients into freshly procured honey and creating a new concoction.
The best flag for this edition!
And, it ends here! I know you are sad but I have to end it here. We have a long way to go and hopefully you'll see more amusing and unusual flags in later editions.
Now, it's well established that the Russian flags are quite weird, but some of them happen to be good as Pestovo or Palekh.
Anyhow, how many of these flags did you know about? Do you know any flag which is weird enough to be featured here? If yes, then let me know in the comments section! I guess the time has come now to bid adieu to you all. So, goodbye, alwida and kwaheri! 👋