The flag of Lebanon consists of two horizontal red stripes enveloping a horizontal white stripe, with the white stripe being twice the size of the two red stripes. The red stripes are said to represent the Lebanese blood shed defending the country against invaders whilst the white stripe is said to represent the snow which symbolises peace and purity. In the centre of the flag sits a green cedar. The cedar of Lebanon is said to represent holiness, eternity and peace and is symbolised in biblical scripture including in chapter 92, verse 13 of the book of Psalms which says - "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon". The width to length ratio of the Lebanon flag is 2 to 3.
The flag of Lebanon was designed by Henri Philippe Pharaoun and was adopted on 7 December 1943, shortly after Lebanon gained its independence from France. The flag is broadly based on the French tricolour only inverted and with the colour blue removed.
The flag of Lebanon