Happy Independence Day! Malawi officially became an independent member of the Commonwealth on July 6, 1964!
This is the first year that Malawi is celebrating with the new flag. The current flag was adopted July 29, 2010. The order of the stripes was changed and the sun went from ‘rising’ to being fully in view, reflecting the “economic and development progress” that Malawi has made since Independence. Creating a new flag was controversial and most of the people here were against it – but here we are, almost a year later, with a flag that celebrates Malawi’s development. See the old flag below:
While the official celebrations are in Mzuzu this year, we’ll be celebrating in Blantyre (despite the crippling lack of fuel, looming power cuts, and a break at the water board that has left 80% of the city without water for three days. But hey, all we have to do is look at the flag to remember that Malawi is fully developed).
Some have suggested that Malawi adopt this as the new flag this year:
Despite the major frustrations and slight sense of panic, Blantyre has the day off and there is a festive air:s flags are flying all over town, music is playing, banners are hanging over shops, and bright lights are strung along the round-abouts.
Enjoy a gin and tonic in celebration!