The cover of Khám Phá Quốc Kỳ Trên Thế Giới (Exploring National Flags Around the World which has recently been released by Kim Đồng Publishing House. — VNS Photo Thanh Bình
HÀ NỘI A book that reveals the origins of the national flags of countries around the world and the associated historical stories has been released.
Entitled Khám Phá Quốc Kỳ Trên Thế Giới (Exploring National Flags Around the World), the book was published by the Kim Đồng Publishing House to commemorate the United Nations Day on October 24, under a copyright agreement with French Hachette Livre Publishing House.
The launching ceremony of the book, which took place at L'Espace, the French culture institute in Hà Nội, gathered many renowned Vietnamese culturists and researchers.
“Each book is a treasure of many secrets hidden in it, which can be an unexpected joy, an unusual situation, an extraordinary life, an amazing journey, a mind-bending stories, an exploration of nostalgia. Life doesn’t change but only the way we view life. The change of perspective might lead to the new joy of life," said Nguyễn Đình Thành, a specialist in culture and communication.
“A book on national flags might sound dull but it actually could provide much understanding as well as evoke many emotions and thoughts among young readers about their past journeys".
Exploring National Flags Around the World consists of seven themes. Besides the first part introducing the origin and history of each national flags and a chapter exploring France, the book focuses on five continents with layers of knowledge intermingled and diverse in various fields, ranging from culture, history, geography to religion of hundreds of countries, all of which originated from the flags.
The stories of flags date back to prehistoric times, even from the beginning of mankind. There are currently 194 flags of 194 independent countries with stable borders and existence recognised worldwide.
“The flags tell readers stories of the past, legends, beliefs, prosperity, and sometimes even rivers and mountains. Each flag contains in its the pride, belief, love and solidarity of all peoples living together in a country or in an organisation,” writes the introduction of the book. — VNS