The symbolism used in the Turkish flag is a subject of much debate - a reflection of the moon occulting a star in a pool of blood is just one of many different interpretations. It is a fact that red has been used in Turkish flags for over 700 years and the star and crescent are very much iconic Muslim symbols.

'Ay yildiz' or moon star is one of the nicknames given by the Turkish people to their flag. Although in use for many years this flag was officially adopted on the 5th of June 1936.