Day of the State Emblem and the State Flag of the Republic of Belarus (08/05)

The second Sunday of May in Belarus is the Day of the State Emblem of the Republic of Belarus and the State Flag of the Republic of Belarus. This public holiday is celebrated annually in the country in accordance with Decree of the President of the Republic No. 157 of March 26, 1998.

The symbols of the Republic of Belarus as a sovereign state are the State Flag of the Republic of Belarus, the State Emblem of the Republic of Belarus and the State Anthem of the Republic of Belarus.

On May 14, 1995, the Republic of Belarus hosted the first referendum in its history, initiated by the head of state. Among the questions submitted for the approval of citizens was the following: “Do you support the proposal to introduce a new State flag and the State Emblem of the Republic of Belarus?”.