The national flag of Belgium was adopted on January 23, 1831, shortly after gaining independence from the Netherlands. The flag is a tricolor of three equal, vertical bands of black, yellow and red. The black is nearest the flag pole, on the hoist or left side, then the yellow in the middle and red is on the fly end or right. The colors of the flag were taken from the coat of arms of the Duchy of Brabant, and the vertical design could possibly be based on the flag of France. The flag has unusual proportions of 13:15 which makes it closer to a square than a rectangle.
The black, gold, and red are symbolic of the country’s coat of arms in which the black represents the shield, gold the lion and red the lion’s claws and tongue. On the Belgium flag, the gold from the coat of arms is changed to yellow. A more detailed explanation of the colors are the red stripe represents the red lion of Hainaut, Limburg, and Luxembourg, the yellow stripe symbolizes the yellow lion of Brabant, and the black stripe stands for the black lion of Namur and Flanders.
Before Belgian independence in 1831, the region’s unofficial flag boasted the same colors that is does now, but its bands were horizontal. The modern vertical layout was first used during the Belgian Revolution to indicate the turning on its head of the statue quo and to express a fierce will for independence.
Not to stray from the importance of the flag of Belgium, but while we’re on the topic of Belgium we wanted to address the question of so many: “Is the Belgian waffle really all the way from Belgium”? Well to answer, Yes! The Belgian waffle did indeed originate in Brussels, Belgium actually. The Belgian Waffle made its first appearance in America at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. Then, at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in Queens, N.Y., Belgian native, and inventor of the Belgium Waffle, Maurice Vermersch, along with his family, caused the popularity of the famous waffle to soar.