The National Flag Of Jamaica
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Nothing symbolizes our patriotism as bandera Jamaica - the national flag of Jamaica - in Spanish :-) But how much do you know about it?
In addition to this feature about our national flag, I am going to answer 10 frequently asked question about this, the national flag of Jamaica.
Get ready to learn some stuff along the way. :-)
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10 Frequently Asked Questions (With Answers) About Bandera Jamaica
- What is the name of the Jamaican flag?
ANSWER: It is the Jamaica National Flag
- What are the colors of the Jamaican Flag?
ANSWER: Black, Green and Gold.
- What do the colors of the Jamaican flag stand for?
ANSWER: Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural beauty of the sunlight and the wealth of the country; and Green signifies hope and agricultural resources.
This meaning is relatively new though, the earlier interpretation was... hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth, per government Ministry Paper 28 - National Flag on 22 May 1962.
That was changed in 1996.
- Why is the Jamaican flag, green black and yellow?
ANSWER: Correction, there is no yellow in the Jamaican flag.
It is actually gold. See #2 above. The reason or meaning of the colors is noted in #3 above as well.
- Is Jamaica the flag without red, white or blue?
ANSWER: So they say, certainly according to the authority sources online.
- What is the story behind the Jamaican flag?
ANSWER: It was actually a bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives in early 1962 that designed the Jamaican Flag - in the nick of time for our Independence on August 6, 1962.
Prior to that there was a national flag design competition in 1961, which failed to yield a winning model. You can read more about that on our Jamaica flag page.
- Does Jamaica have 2 flags?
ANSWER: Jamaica has one National Flag. There are however, other flags used in the island.
> There is one for the Head of State; The Flag of Queen Elizabeth II
> Another for the Governor-General of Jamaica, as well as,
> Ensigns for Jamaica Defence Force, The Jamaican Navy and the Jamaican Air Wing. Read more here on Wikipedia.
- When was the Jamaican flag made?
ANSWER: According to Lance Neita, writing in the Gleaner, 'The search for a national flag ended on Wednesday night, June 20, 1962, when all the members of the House of Representatives stood by their seats and shouted "Aye" in an unprecedented manner of approval for the design'.
That was just in time for Independence after much re-design, debate and emotion.
It was hoisted at midnight on August 5, 1962 while the British flag was being lowered, signalling Jamaica's independence from Britain after 307 years of rule (1655 -1962).
- How old is the Jamaican flag?
ANSWER: OK, over to you now, let's do a bit of math... Minus the year 1962 from the current year and you have the answer. You got it?
Great, that's it!
- Who made the Jamaican flag?
ANSWER: Jamaica's flag was created by an independent bipartisan committee chaired by Theodore Sealy, Editor of the Daily Gleaner. It comprised Hector Wynter, Edward Seaga all the sitting senators at the time.
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Be sure to read more about the codes and protocols associated with the Jamaica flag.
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- From Colony to Independence (Pt 1), http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120715/focus/focus6.html
- Birth of Independence - Pieces Of The Past, http://old.jamaica-gleaner.com/pages/history/story007.html
- A tale of two flags, http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100701/cleisure/cleisure4.html
- List Of Jamaican Flags, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jamaican_flags
- The Jamaican Flag 50 years and counting, https://www.real-jamaica-vacations.com/jamaican-flag.html
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