The word Kyrgyz originally meant ?red? and red has been the national colour and main colour of the Kyrgyzstan Flag
since time immemorial. Red was also the colour of the banner of Manas the Noble, who struggled for unity and formed the Kyrgyz nation. The sun represents light, eternity and infinite nobility. The 40 rays stand for the 40 Kyrgyz tribes united by Manas. The sun is charged with a representation of the device covering the roof of a typical yurt ? the name for a tent used by the Kyrgyz nomads. It symbolizes hearth and home, the unity of time and space, the origin of life and solidarity.