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Barbados Flag

Flag of Barbados
Flag Name(s)The Broken Trident [Flag Of Barbados]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Schemeblue deep blue,yellow black
Color and Design

A vertical triband of ultramarine (hoist-side and fly-side) and gold with the black trident-head centred on the gold band.

Meaning & SymbolismThe barbados flag consists of a triband of two bands of deep blue ultramarine color, which are said to stand for the ocean surrounding the country and the sky, separated by a yellow golden middle band, which represents the sandy beach. A black trident head, commonly called the broken trident, is centered in the golden band, and the fact that the staff is missing is significant. The trident symbol was taken from Barbados' colonial badge, where the trident of Poseidon is shown with Britannia holding it. The broken lower part symbolizes a symbolic break from its status as a colony. The three points of the trident represent the three principles of democracy: 1) government of the people, 2) government for the people, and 3) government by the people.
Description and Brief History

The national flag of Barbados was officially adopted on 30 November 1966, the island's first Independence Day. It consists of a triband of two bands of ultramarine separated by a golden middle band. A black trident-head (commonly called the "broken trident") is centred within the golden band. The flag was designed by local art teacher Grantley Prescod, and was chosen from around 1000 designs after an island-wide contest. The flag is often called "The Broken Trident" in honor of that emblem.


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