National Flag of Kiribati
Country: Republic of Kiribati
Kiribati Flag Description:
The flag of Kiribati consists of a bottom half made up of six alternating blue and white wavy stripes that represent the water. Above the waves is a yellow/gold half sun with 17 rays in the middle of the flag. Above the sun there is a yellow/gold frigate bird flying towards the left side of the flag. The top half of the flag is designed on a red background.
Kiribati Flag Meaning:
The image of the bird on the Kiribati flag represents authority, freedom and command of the sea. The sun rising over the red sky represents the equator and the blue and white wavy lines symbolize the Pacific Ocean. The 17 rays of the sun also represent the 16 islands and Banaba (former Ocean Island). The Kiribati flag's image represents Kiribati's geographical location as the islands spread out over the equator for over 4000 kilometers and cover over two million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean.
Kiribati Flag History:
The Kiribati flag was adopted on July 12, 1979, when the country gained independence from Britain. Kiribati was formerly named the Gilbert Islands. The Kiribati flag is derived from a banner of the coat of arms that was given to the country in 1937. The emblem was designed in 1932.
Interesting Kiribati Flag Facts:
The Kiribati flag is technically called a heraldic banner, because it is derived from the shield of the national coat of arms.