The National Flag of Belize
Belize’s national flag is the only flag in the world to illustrate people in its design. The flags colors are a blue body with a red horizontal stripe at the top and bottom and a white circle in the center. The red, blue, and white colors are the colors of the two major political parties of that time and still remain so today. The Peoples United Party (PUP) and The United Democratic Party (UDP). The use of the colors of the two political parties on the new national flag was to signify “The Unity of the Nation.”
The Coat of Arms of Belize
In the white circle of the national flag was placed the nations coat of arms. A symbol that in itself reflects much of the history of the new independent nation. The shield in the center is divided in three by an up side down or inverted Y, in the bottom section is a ship under full sail on the waves of the sea representing the arrival of the first settlers. The two upper sections depict the tools of the timber industry a paddle and squaring ax in the left section and a saw and a beating ax in the right section. The shield is held up by two woodcutters with different skin colors to represent the different ethnicity that have built the nation. The one woodcutter on the left holds a beating ax in his right hand and resting on his shoulder while the second woodcutter on the right holds a paddle in his left hand and resting on his shoulder. Above the shield a Mahogany tree grows representing the foundation and basis of the economy in Belize dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Under the shield is the motto scroll containing the National Motto and the Latin words “Sub Umbra Floreo” which in English mean “Under The Shade I Flourish”. Finally a wreath of leaves circles the Coat of Arms.
In addition to a National Flag, Belize has several National Symbols;
The National Flag and Symbols of Belize were selected In preparation of Belize gaining it’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. The founding fathers with the support of the two prominent political parties of the time. In addition to these National Symbols Belize also has a National Anthem as well as a National Prayer.
-The Keel Billed Toucan is the National Bird of Belize and my website logo.
-The Black Orchid is the National Flower of Belize.
-The Mahogany Tree is the National Tree of Belize.
-The Tapir (Mountain Cow) is the National Animal of Belize. ( Mountain Cow the local name given to the Tapir may be misleading as it is more related to the horse and is a cousin of the rhinoceros)
For more information and pictures of the National Flag and Symbols of Belize visit this link.
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