Flags of the World: Barbados Flag

As with many island nations, the sea, sky, and sand can all be seen represented on the national Barbados flag. One of the blue stripes represents the sky, while the other blue stripe represents the ocean. It makes sense then that the golden stripe in the middle represents the sand on all the beaches in Barbados.

The symbol in the center of the flag on top of the golden stripe is uniquely Barbados. It depicts a broken trident, which is especially meaningful for an island nation as it’s associated with the mythical sea god, Neptune. However, there is a lot more to the trident than meets the eye.

Each point of the trident has a special meaning. They each represent the three principles of democracy which are government of, for, and by the people. The trident also represents their independence from Britain. As they broke away from British rule, so too is the trident broken.

The current design was meaningfully adopted on November 30, 1966, which also happens to be Barbados’ Independence Day.

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