Flag of Belize
Belize flag facts
|Adopted||21 September 1981||Proportion||2:3|
The national flag of Belize is royal blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and the bottom edges with a large white disk bearing the coat of arms at the center of the flag. In 1981, Belize gained its independence and a competition was held to design a national flag for the country. The winning submission consisted of the unofficial national flag used by the People's United Party with a red border added to all four sides. This was changed to a red border on just the top and bottom before the design was officially adopted. Belize's flag is the only national flag that depicts human beings
Belize flag colors symbolism
Blue represents the People's United Party (PUP), which led the nation to independence.
Red stands for the United Democratic Party (UDP), a national party of Belize
Belize Coat of Arms on the flag
The coat of arms features a shield flanked by two men - a mestizo (a person of mixed indigenous and European descent) and a mulatto (a person of mixed African and European descent) - in front of a mahogany tree. The man on the left (mestizo) is holding an axe, while the one on the right (mulatto) is holding an oar, representing the logging and boat-building industries of Belize. The shield is divided into three sections—a paddle and a maul crossed on a white background, a two-handed saw and an ax crossed on dark yellow, and a ship sailing over waves on blue. These are symbolic of the importance of mahogany in the Belizean history. At the bottom, on a scroll, is the national motto: SUB UMBRA FLOREO ("Under the shade I flourish"). All these are encircled by a green garland of 50 mahogany leaves. The 50 leaves stand for the year 1950, when the first opposition to British rule began.
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