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Meaning and Significance of Flag Colors

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What do the flags’ colors symbolize?

The colors of flags typically have a definite meaning, signifying the history, the land, or the ideals of the area or country they represent, even though it is not an exact science.

Since there isn’t much information online (surprisingly, neither in English nor in Spanish), I’ve decided to compile the main meanings of each of the flag colors in this post.

If you know of any flags whose colors refer to things that aren’t on this list, please let me know so I can add them to the list. Let’s go for it!

MEANING OF THE FLAG COLORS: Red

The flags’ Red color represents:

Blood.
Courage.
strength or force.
the fight for independence, particularly the violence that it engendered.
socialism or communism.
British ancestry (it is one of the colors of the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom).
Pan-Slavic identity or slavic heritage (along with the blue and white color).
Arab unification or pan-Arabism (along with the colors black, white and green).
African Union or Pan-Africanism (along with the yellow and green color).

(*) A whole red signal indicates danger and restriction (beaches).

Also Read: Green, Gold, and Red  What do these colors in RasTafari represent?

Blue

The flags’ blue color represents:

an ocean. extremely typical in nations that are islands (surrounded by water), nations that have access to the sea, or regions with significant lakes or rivers.
A sky.
Truth.
Loyalty.
Freedom.
Justice.
Peace.
a downpour.
French or British ancestry.
either Slavic ancestry or pan-Slavism (along with the red and white color).

Yellow

The flags’ yellow color represents:

gold or riches
Sun.
plenty of food (wheat/grain).
Prosperity.
Light.
Hope.
Generosity.
Freedom.
Desert Energy / Sand.
Pleasure or contentment.
Farming.
African Union, pan-Africanism (along with the color green and red).

Green

The flags’ green color represents:

vegetation, fertility, and landscapes.
Islamic religion.
Hope.
The Agriculture.
organic resources.
Peace.
Prosperity.
African Union or Pan-Africanism (along with the red and yellow color).
Arab unification or pan-Arabism (along with the colors black, white and red).

White

The flags’ white color represents:

Peace.\sPurity.
Religion.
Honesty.
Harmony.
richness in silver or minerals.
Snow.\sFreedom.
Clarity.
Unit.\sDignity.
The Arab Union, or Panarabism (along with the colors black, red and green).
Slavic inheritance or panslavism (along with the red and blue color).

(*) In warfare, a complete white flag signifies submission.

Black

The flags’ dark hue represents:

Determination.
It represents the triumph of light over darkness on several flags.
Islamic religion.
fertile terrain.
Resistance.
the ground.
Death.
War.
Weapons.
Hostility.
Revolution.
triumph against adversaries.
African ancestry
Arab unification or pan-Arabism (along with the colors white, red and green).

A no-quarter combat is indicated by a complete black flag (*). The hue is also a symbol of grief.

Orange

The flags’ orange color represents:

sacrifice and bravery.
the dawn or the dusk.
Hinduism

Purple

The flags’ purple color represents:

Royalty.\sWealth.

From the time of ancient Rome, purple has stood in for majesty.

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