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Don't Throw It Away! Follow These Steps To Put Away The Indian National Flag With Respect



We are all used to seeing several flags being  mounted around special occasions. A feeling of pride in the country is best reflected in carrying or displaying the national flag. There is no restriction on the display of the National Flag by members of general public, private organisations or educational institutions. 

It is also common to find peddlers selling the versions of the tricolour at traffic signals. From large cloth flags to smaller plastic ones. The question is what do you do after the celebrations are over? 

There is a proper way to work with the Indian national flag.

Flag Code
BCCL
According to the Flag Code of India, “The Flag, when it is in condition that it is no longer fitting allegory of display; it should be destroyed in a respectful way, rather by burning.”
Choose a safe and clean location to light a fire. The fire should be large enough to burn the flag at once and not burn it slowly. Once the fire is ready, fold the flag into a triangle and respectfully place it on top of the fire. The flag must not, at any point, touch the ground. Ensure that it is not too windy and part of the flag are not blown off in the wind. 

It is important to conduct the entire process in silence, giving the flag complete respect.

Flag Code
BCCL
If, for some reason, you are not able to burn the flag, there is an alternate option of burying it. Choose a clean wooden box and place the folded flag within it carefully. Now place the wooden box in a pit where it will not be disturbed by excavation or other reasons. Observe a moment of silence after you have buried the flag. You may choose to put a wooden or stone marker at the spot. 
You are also allowed to shred the flag before burying it. It has to be done respectfully. You may use a pair of scissors to shred it into small strips.

The Indian Flag is not a toy, always be alert around it.

Flag Code
PTI
Unlike the time when the Flag Code was written when all flags were made of cloth or other fine fabrics, several flags of today are made of synthetic material and burning or burying them is not an environment-friendly option. 
There are several private organisations that help to recycle these vinyl flags. 

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