Papua New Guinea

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA FLAGS

Young student Susan Hareho Karike,designer of the flag, chose red and blackbecause of the widespread use of thesecolours in traditional native art. TheEmpress of Germany's bird of paradise(Paradisaea raggiana augustae-victoriae) ispeculiar to the island of New Guinea. Thefive stars form the constellation of tdheSouthern Cross, symbolizing therelationship with Australia and alsoreferring to a local legend about five sisters.The flag was only for use on land from1971 to 16 September 1975, when thecountry became independent.