Flag of Kyrgyzstan
|Design||A red field charged with a yellow sun with forty uniformly spaced rays; the sun is crossed by two sets of three lines. |
The flag was adopted on 3 March 1992 by the Supreme Council of Kyrgyzstan. The red and yellow colors retain the heritage of the Soviet flag. In the center of the sun is a red ring crossed by two sets of three lines, a stylized representation of the tündük (Kyrgyz: түндүк [tyndyk]), or crown of the traditional Kyrgyz yurt, a symbol also on the national emblem and replicated in many facets of Kyrgyz architecture. 
The red background of the flag symbolizes bravery and valor, the sun represents peace and wealth, and the tunduk signifies the family home or, by extension, the universe. According to popular interpretations, the sun's 40 rays represent the 40 Kyrgyz tribes unified against the Mongols by the epic hero Manas.