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Meaning of the colors in flags

1. INTRODUCTION

#Question: What do the colors of the flags represent?

Although it is not an exact science, the colors of the flags usually have a concrete significance, symbolizing the history, the land or the values ​​of the territory / country they represent.

Since there is hardly any information on the Internet (surprisingly neither in Enlgish nor in Spanish), in this post I want to collect the main meaning of each of the colors of the flags and I also I want you to help me to complete it if you know of any flag whose color refers to something that is not included in this list. Let’s do it! 🤓

 

2. MEANING OF THE COLORS OF THE FLAGS

Red

The red color of the flags symbolizes:

  • Blood.
  • Courage.
  • Strength or power.
  • The struggle for independence, specifically the bloodshed caused for it.
  • Communism or socialism.
  • British heritage (it is one of the colors of the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom).
  • Pan-Slavism or slavic inheritance (along with the blue and white color).
  • Pan-Arabism or the Arab union (along with the colors black, white and green).
  • Pan-Africanism or the African Union (along with the yellow and green color).

(*) A full red flag means danger and prohibition (beaches).

 

Blue

The blue color of the flags symbolizes:

  • The sea. Very common in countries that are islands (surrounded by ocean), countries with access to the sea or territories with important lakes or rivers.
  • The sky.
  • Truth.
  • Loyalty.
  • Freedom.
  • Justice.
  • Peace.
  • The rain.
  • British or French heritage.
  • Pan-Slavism or slavic heritage (along with the red and white color).

 

Yellow

The yellow color of the flags symbolizes:

  • Gold or wealth
  • Sun.
  • Abundance of food (grain / wheat).
  • Prosperity.
  • Light.
  • Hope.
  • Generosity.
  • Freedom.
  • Sand / Desert
  • Energy.
  • Joy or happiness.
  • Farming.
  • Pan-Africanism, the African Union (along with the color green and red).

 

Green

The green color of the flags symbolizes:

  • Landscapes, vegetation, fertility.
  • The Islam.
  • Hope.
  • The Agriculture.
  • Natural resources.
  • Peace.
  • Prosperity.
  • Pan-Africanism or the African Union (along with the red and yellow color).
  • Pan-Arabism or the Arab union (along with the colors black, white and red).

 

White

The white color of the flags symbolizes:

  • Peace.
  • Purity.
  • Religion.
  • Honesty.
  • Harmony.
  • Silver or mineral wealth.
  • Snow.
  • Freedom.
  • Clarity.
  • Unit.
  • Dignity.
  • Panarabismo or the Arab union (along with the colors black, red and green).
  • Slavic Paneslavism or inheritance (along with the red and blue color).

(*) A full white flag means surrender in battles.

 

 

Black

The black color of the flags symbolizes:

  • Determination.
  • On some flags, it symbolizes the overcoming of the darkness of past times.
  • The Islam.
  • Fertile lands.
  • Resistance.
  • The soil.
  • Death.
  • War.
  • Weapons.
  • Hostility.
  • Revolution.
  • Victory over enemies.
  • African heritage
  • Pan-Arabism or the Arab union (along with the colors white, red and green).

(*) A full black flag indicates a no quarter fight. The color also represents mourning.

 

Orange

The orange color of the flags symbolizes:

  • Courage and sacrifice.
  • The sunrise or the sunset.
  • Hinduism

 

Purple

The purple color of the flags symbolizes:

  • Royalty.
  • Wealth.

(*) The purple has represented the color of royalty since the ancient Rome.

 

Meaning of the colors in flags

 

3. REFERENCES

  • Saberespractico.com (2020). Significado de los colores de las banderas. Text in Spanish. Avaliable [HERE].
 

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