Mauritius Flag Colors, Meaning & History

Mauritius flag
Color Palette
Red#EA2839234, 40, 570, 83, 76, 8
Blue#1A206D26, 32, 10976, 71, 0, 57
Yellow#FFD500255, 213, 00, 16, 100, 0
Green#00A5510, 165, 81100, 0, 51, 35

The flag of Mauritius, or the Four Bands or Quadri color flag, has four equal horizontal stripes. The upper stripe is red, followed by blue and yellow stripes, while the bottom stripe is green.

Meaning of the flag of Mauritius

The red color represents the blood that was shed for independence. The blue color signifies the location of the island in the Indian Ocean. The yellow color signifies the sun and the light of freedom that shines over the island. The green color refers to the green nature of the island, its subtropical climate, and the agriculture.

History of the Flag of Mauritius

Mauritius is an island that was under French rule that took the island in 1710. Then, the rule moved to the British in 1810. The island used different versions of flags including a blue ensign and a badge that represented the island. The island had a long history of slavery in the sugar plantation. After a long struggle against colonization, Mauritius was leading its way towards independence in the 1960s. Anticipating independence from British rule, Mauritius designed a four-color flag that was hoisted on independence on March 12, 1968. Mauritius remained a constitutional state within the commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state until it became a republic on March 12, 1992. The flag has remained unchanged since it was first hoisted in 1968.