Costa Rican Flag

Costa Rican Flag

The Flag of Costa Rica - Description of the Costa Rican Flag

As the above picture of the Costa Rican Flag indicates the background is tri-color - Red, blue and white

The Costa Rican flag is described as follows:

Five horizontal bands of blue (top), white, red (double width), white, and blue, with the coat of arms of Costa Rica in a white disk on the hoist side of the red band

Above the coat of arms a light blue ribbon contains the words, AMERICA CENTRAL

Just below it, near the top of the coat of arms, is a white ribbon with the words, REPUBLICA COSTA RICA

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Costa Rican flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

The basic style shown in the picture of the Costa Rican flag is described as Emblem -reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the Costa Rican flag is described as 3:5

The emblem on the Costa Rican flag pictures the Costa Rican coat of arms

The Meaning & History of the Costa Rican Flag and Coat of Arms

The Costa Rican Coat of Arms depicts two branches of myrtle closing the coat of arms representing the peace of Costa Rica

The volcanoes represent the three Costa Rica's mountain range systems

The two oceans represent the Atlantic and Pacific

The merchant ships sailing on each ocean represent the cultural and commercial exchange between Costa Rica and the rest of the world

The rising sun represents Costa Rican prosperity

The seven stars above the volcanoes represent the seven Costa Rican provinces - Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, and San Jose

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