What Do The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of Trinidad And Tobago Mean?

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The flag of Trinidad and Tobago hanging in the sky.

The Flag Of Trinidad And Tobago

The flag of Trinidad and Tobago is tricolored and consists of three diagonal bands running from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. The background of this flag is red in color, which has a single, black stripe with thin, white stripes running along each side. It has a height to width ratio of three to five. Unofficially, the national flag of Trinidad and Tobago is known as the Sun, Sea, and Sand banner. It was officially adopted on August 31, 1962, when this country gained its independence back from the crown of the UK.

Symbolism Of The Flag Of Trinidad And Tobago

Each of the colors of this flag have a specific meaning. The red, for example, is said to stand for the sun, which is itself a symbol of bravery. In addition, this color represents the energy of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as their welcoming and friendly attitudes. The white color represents the water surrounding the islands of this country and water is said to be a representation of purity and innocence. This color also stands for the unity between the islands that make up this country. Black stands for the land of this country, symbolizing the commitment the people of Trinidad and Tobago have for their society. Some interpretations suggest that the three colors also represent the past, present, and future of this Caribbean nation.

Variations Of The Flag

Throughout history, Trinidad and Tobago have had a number of flag variations. From 1889 until its independence, this country was a colony of the UK. Under this colonial rule, the flag had a solid blue background with the flag of the UK located in the upper left corner. In the center of the right side of the flag was a circular image with three ships and a small rowboat floating in the ocean with mountains in the background along the coastline. Below this depiction were the words: The mingling of people and the joining of people by treaties is approved (as translated from the original Latin). The same flag with a red background was also used during the colonial era.

Today, the Navy of Trinidad and Tobago uses its own flag. It has a red cross over a white background, creating 4 rectangular areas. In the upper left area, a small version of the national flag is located. The Presidential flag has a bright blue background with a gold-colored emblem located right in the center. This emblem is made up of 2 different birds on either side of the shield of Trinidad and Tobago. These two birds are standing on two islands surrounded by water and below their feet are the words: Together we aspire, Together we achieve. This image is surrounded by laurel leaves. The flag of the Prime Minister has a white background with the national flag in the upper left corner and the presidential image in the lower center of the right side of the flag. The birds and shield of this image, however, are in color. The laurel leaves are gold, like those depicted in the Presidential flag.

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