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Belize Flag

Flag of Belize
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Belize]
Aspect Ratio(3:5)
Color Schemeblue red deep blue,white,green,brown,grey,orange,red,light blue
Color and Design

A royal blue field with two red narrow horizontal stripes along the top and the bottom edges and the large white disk in the centre bearing the National Coat of Arms.

Meaning & SymbolismThe red and blue colors of the flag represent unity of the people. The 50 olive leaves that border around the perimeter of the Coat of arms symbolize the year of 1950 when Belize, then British Honduras, began its quest for Independence. The Mahogany Tree represents the country’s economic foundation. The two men on either side of the tree represent the log wood workers. The fairer carries an axe which symbolizes the log wood cutters and the darker carries an oar to symbolize how the workers traveled by river to find and transport the log-wood. Under the Mahogany Tree is a shield separated into three – the left is an oar and squaring axe, the right is a saw and beating axe, and the base has a ship in full sail. Directly below the shield is the National Motto, “Sub Umbra Floreo”, in Latin which translates to “Under the Shade I Flourish” referring to the shade of the Mahogany Tree.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Belize is a proud representation of the nation's history, from its earliest days as a British colony to its modern history as an independent nation. The flag was adopted on 21 September 1981, the day Belize became independent. It consists of the Coat of Arms on a blue field with red stripes at the top and bottom.

British Crown colony, British Honduras, obtained a coat of arms on 28 January 1907, which formed the basis of the badge used on British ensigns. The coat of arms recalls the logging industry that first led to British settlement there. The figures, tools, and mahogany trees represent this industry. The national motto, Sub Umbra Floreo, meaning "Under the Shade I Flourish", is written in the lower part of the coat of arms.


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