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Panama Flag

Flag of Panama
Flag Name(s) [Flag Of Panama]
Aspect Ratio(2:3)
Color Scheme white,red,blue
Color and Design

Divided into four rectangles: going clockwise, each quadrant contains a blue star, a red rectangle, a red star, and a blue rectangle.

Meaning & SymbolismThe stars and quarters are said to stand for the rival political parties. The white field is said to stand for the peace. Blue field was the color of the Conservatives and red was the color of the Liberals. The blue star stands for the purity and honesty of the life of the country. The red star represents the authority and law in the country, and together the stars stand for the new republic.
Description and Brief History

The flag of Panama consists of four rectangles. Each quadrant contains a blue star, a red rectangle, a red star, and a blue rectangle. The flag was made by MarĂ­a de la Ossa de Amador and was officially adopted on March 25, 1925. The Panamanian flag day is celebrated on November 4, one day after Panamanian separation from Colombia, and is one of a series of holidays celebrated in November known as the Fiestas Patrias.

The government of Panama recognized that Panama flags would be necessary as soon as it became independent from Colombia, but it did not select a design until it had been an independent nation for slightly more than twenty years. The first proposed design for the Panama flags came from a Frenchman named Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla, who drew on the strong ties between the new Panamanian government and the United States of America when he created his design. His design featured thirteen horizontal stripes of red and yellow, with a blue field that contained two linked suns in the canton. The stripes and the blue field were taken from the American flag and adapted to use Panama's traditional colors. The linked suns represented the continents of North and South America, and the link between them symbolized Panama's role as a link between the two continents. He proposed his design shortly after Panama gained its independence, but the government rejected it because it had not been designed by a native Panamanian.

The first lady of Panama, Maria de la Ossa de Amador, created the design for the modern Panamanian flag several years later, on November 1, 1903. It came into informal use very quickly, but it only received formal recognition from the government in 1925. It has been used ever since then without being changed.


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