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by Raul Orta, 9 July 2004

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Exist nations which have the custom of folding in particular way hoisting flags to keep them. In Venezuela it’s proceeding following way:
- State & War Flag (National Pavilion): the field is extends by its four ends and the thirds are arranged such a way that red is disposed on the blue and on that, the yellow one. Soon it’s begun triangular folding step by step from the fly until hoist edge can be introduced in the final lapel, so that the cloth is involved itself with yellow and National Coat of Arms visible.
- Civil & Merchant Flag: on the blue stripe is placed the yellow and on this, the red one to bend in identical way to the previous one, but the visible color must be blue, noting or not the stars.
Some voluntary organisms - Scouts, for example - usually folds the VE Flag still on the hoist in camping periods and involved itself, is arise to the top such a way that it makes possible to unfold it with pull instead hoisting it on dawn. This practice, internationally admitted in this type of organizations, can be reminding of a similar military custom.
It’s very little that is known about origin of this practice in our country and is highly probable that it’s a local adaptation of similar customs applied into countries like United States, where originated this singular form to conserve the hoisting flags. However, the singularity of the process in Venezuela is that it varies according the character of the Flag, since we have already seen before. It’s very possible that National Pavilion’ folding has arisen into Armed Forces whereas the one of National flag has been generated as Scout practice and from there, its distinction.
It’s possible to add that aside from already indicated, the folding of National flag doesn’t have additional semiology as for example, the United States, where some traditions exist which assign to each fold a particular meaning.
At the moment, in Venezuela the folding of our National flag is a practice not very extended but step by step has come receiving importance when being understood that it’s a personalization of the Homeland and that as so, deserves a particular treatment that differs naturally with its material nature.
Raul Orta, 9 July 2004