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The Jamaica Flag
A Definition Of Our People, Land & Vision

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the jamaica flagThe Jamaica Flag

Without a doubt, the Jamaican flag is the most symbolic item that is used to demonstrate Jamaican patriotism.


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These days it is very popular at national events, particularly sports. I tell you, I don't believe any other nation take it the way we do now, seriously :-)

This new found favour and approval may have started with the 1998 football (soccer) world up qualifiers when professor Rene Simoes successfully drummed up support for the national team, The Reggae Boyz.

We eventually qualified for the World Cup in 1998.

Back then, everywhere you go and almost every other person you meet, owns a small hand-held flag! Of course the number of flags at the matches themselves was another story! I am sure we may have broken some of the Jamaican Flag codes then.

The Jamaican Flag - Here is probably what you never knew.

Design

A bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives designed the Jamaican Flag which consists of a diagonal cross with four triangles placed side by side.

It follows the 'Admiralty Pattern' and the width-to-length ratio is 1:2. The length twice its width.

The diagonal cross is gold; the top and bottom triangles are green; and the hoist and fly (side) triangles are black.

Symbolism

"The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative" is the symbolism of the colours of the flag.

Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green, hope and agricultural resources.

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Code For Use Of The Jamaican Flag

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  1. The flag should never be smaller than any other flag flown at the same time.

  2. The Jamaican flag should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor. It should not be flown or used only for decorative purposes on anything that is for temporary use and is likely to be discarded, except on state occasions.

  3. When the flag becomes worn and must be replaced, burn it.

  4. The flag shouldn’t be draped over vehicles, except on military, police and state occasions.

  5. Do not place any other flag above or to the right of the Jamaican flag, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.

  6. Do not raise any foreign flag publicly, unless the Jamaican flag is also flown, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.

By The Way, Did you noticed the attitude and pride in the code of use for the flag?

Yes, scroll back up and at items 1 and 5, for example.
So you see, it does mean a lot to us.

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References & Sources For Jamaica Flag

  1. Jamaican Flag – Jamaica Information Service,https://jis.gov.jm/information/symbols/jamaica-national-flag/ 
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