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Kiribati Flag

Flag of Kiribati
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Kiribati]
Aspect Ratio(1:2)
Color Schemered yellow,white,blue
Color and Design

A horizontal bicolour of red and blue with the yellow frigate bird flying over the rising sun with seventeen rays centered on the upper half and three white wavy horizontal stripes on the lower half.

Meaning & SymbolismThe yellow frigate bird symbolises command over the sea, freedom, and dance patterns. The blue and white wavy bands represent the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds Kiribati and the sun refers to Kiribati's position astride the Equator.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Kiribati is red in the upper half with a gold frigatebird flying over a gold rising sun (otintaai), and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean and the three archipelagoes (Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands). The 17 rays of the sun represent the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba (former Ocean Island).

The badge was designed by Sir Arthur Grimble in 1931 for the Gilbert and Ellice Islands British colony and granted in 1937.

Kiribati did not have a flag until the British Empire chose to grant it a colonial flag. That flag followed the same pattern as the other colonial flags within the Empire. It was a British blue ensign that displayed the Union Jack in the flag's canton and the colonial seal in the fly. The seal used a design that is very similar to the current flag, but the proportions of the various elements were slightly different than those of the modern flag of Kiribati. The flag came into use in 1937, and remained in use until the nation gained its independence.

Kiribati chose its current flag through a competition that was held as part of the nation's transition to independence. The winning design was so popular with the people of Kiribati that they would not allow the government to make any changes before it was adopted, and that popularity has made sure that it has not changed since it came into use in 1979.


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