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This is a list of flags which are entirely or largely black.

In history

  • During the "Bauernkriege" in Europe in the 16th century the black flag was used by the revolting farmers.
  • The Black Flag was flown by certain irregular Confederate Army units in the American Civil War of 1861-1865 to symbolize that they would neither give, nor accept quarter; symbolizing the opposite of the white flag of surrender.
The black flag is the traditional anarchist symbol

In society

  • Black flags are often associated with funerals in the West, particularly state funerals and public mourning.
  • In the former Yugoslavia, a plain black flag is the flag of mourning. It is displayed for 40 days after death on the deceased person's house.
  • A black flag was used by Muhammad to represent his religion.[22999] It has also been stated that it will be the flag of the army that will fight the Dajjal.
  • Black Flag is another name for the Jolly Roger, a skull and crossbones on a black field, and is associated with pirates.
  • The black flag is the symbol of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox, anti-Zionist group, Neturei Karta. It is flown as a sign of mourning over the creation of the State of Israelmarker, most commonly on Israeli Independence Day.
  • The Swedishmarker Pirate Party have a black flag as a symbol, shaped like the letter P.

In competition, as a signal

  • The black flag is a racing flag used to summon a driver to the pits.
  • In sail racing, when the black flag is displayed with the preparatory signal, a boat that passes the start line before the starting signal is disqualified.
  • In some forms of racing, a black flag is used to disqualify competitors or indicate some other penalty (such as a forced pit stop in NASCAR).

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