The national flag of China which is bright red in colour was raised on October 1, 1949 in Tiananmen Square.
It was on this day the official announcement of People's Republic of China happened. But however the flag of China was first adopted in the Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese People in September 1949. The flag of China has five bright yellow golden stars on the hoist side. Among the five stars there is one big five pointed yellow star on the left side and it refers to the Communist Party of China which is encircled on the right side by the remaining four stars which in turn represents millions of Chinese people. The stars are designed in such a way that one point in the big star points up the flag whereas the rest of the four stars have atleast one point looking at the centre of the big star. This is believed to signify that the Communist Party is the force at the core of the leadership of all Chinese people. The red colour indicates the revolution by Communist Party and under its leadership can fight any number of battles and succeed. It also indicates the heroic deed of the political power of China which was got through the bloodshed of revolutionary martyrs. The yellow colour of the star is to indicate the bright future of China and the five number of stars shows the Chinese culture and heritage.
In astrology star is a symbol of light meaning bright future. The moment we think of a star it gives us an immense feeling of us shining with light. In this state we feel secure but free, and can be more loving, more accepting of other people. By associating ourselves with the Star symbol, we are thinking of ourselves at the simplest, finest, level and just as the demonstration of our loving nature, even just a smile to a passer-by, can brighten other people's lives - can totally alter the course of a day for them - so letting the Starlight shine from our hearts has a way of touching them inwardly. The star is generally said to symbolize all our hopes and aspirations. It means balance between the gifts of life and our gift to life.
The 5 number of stars in the flag of Chinese signifies severity, conflict and harmony through conflict. In Christianity, five were the wounds of Christ on the cross. There are five pillars of the Muslim faith and five daily times of prayer. The number 5 has always been regarded as mystical and magical, yet essentially 'human'. We have five fingers/toes on each limb extremity. We commonly note five senses - sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. We perceive five stages or initiations in our lives - eg. birth, adolescence, coitus, parenthood and death. The number 5 is associated with Mars.
Yellow colour of the star signifies the intellectual and communicative nature of people of China. It is used to produce detachment and reduce depression. Yellow is considered as the most positive of colours and the closest to pure light. It also symbolizes the Sun. For years yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope as women waited from their men to come marching home from war. Today, they are still used to welcome home loved ones and denotes active, daring, passionate, and optimistic. It enhances alertness and encourages activity. Red is held to be the most intense colour, the furthest from both black and white, and it is noteworthy that those languages which only have words for three basic colours always select black, white, and red. The red colour according to astrology signifies passion, warmth, vigor, strength and vitality which are also the nature of the Chinese. Red being related to fire and blood it is considered to be symbol of heat. It is even believed that red is the first color used by human beings.