National Flag of Colombia
Country: Republic of Colombia
Colombian Flag Description:
The Colombian flag consists of three horizontal stripes - the top stripe is yellow; the middle stripe is blue; and the bottom stripe is red. The yellow stripe is larger and is half of the width (height) of the flag. The blue and red stripes are each one quarter of the flag's width.
Colombian Flag Meaning:
There is no official meaning of the Colombian flag; however there are two popular theories on the meaning behind Colombia's flag's colors. One states that the yellow symbolizes sovereignty and justice; the blue stands for nobility, loyalty and vigilance; while the red represents valor, honor, generosity and victory through bloodshed. The second interpretation states the yellow stands for universal liberty; the blue for the equality of all races and social classes before God and the law; and red means fraternity. There is also a popular Colombian children's song which resonates - "yellow is our gold, blue is our vast seas and red is the blood that gave us our freedom".
Colombian Flag History:
The Colombian flag was adopted on November 26, 1861, making it one of the world's oldest flags. Colombia declared independence from Spain on July 20, 1810
Interesting Colombian Flag Facts:
The commercial use of the Colombian flag has been common at soccer games. In the past, a brewery had been sponsoring the Colombian team and was giving away free flags to supporters in the soccer stadiums. However, the beer company Colombian flags featured a logo of one of their beers - so when fans were flying the flag to support the team, they were also advertising the brewery.