Guatemalan Flag

Guatemalan Flag

The Flag of Guatemala - Description of the Guatemalan Flag

As the above picture of the Guatemalan Flag indicates the overall background is sky blue and white

The Guatemalan flag is described as follows:

Three equal vertical bands of light blue (hoist side), white, and light blue with the coat of arms centered in the white band

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

White - peace and honesty

Blue - the sea and the sky  - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

The basic style shown in the picture of the Guatemalan 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 Guatemalan flag is described as 5:8

The emblem on the Guatemalan flag pictures the Guatemalan coat of arms

The coat of arms includes a green and red quetzal ( the national bird of Guatamala) and a scroll bearing the inscription LIBERTAD 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1821 (the original date of independence from Spain)

superimposed on a pair of crossed rifles and a pair of crossed swords indicating Guatemala's willingness to defend itself by war

framed by a wreath of olive leaves

The Meaning & History of the Guatemalan Flag

The white stripe between the two blue stripes originated with the national flag of United Central America however the Guatemalan version turns the stripes vertically rather than the original horizontal design

In 1823 Guatemala became part of the United Provinces of Central America which also includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua

Until 1851 the Central American flag was used

In 1871 the stripes were changed from horizontal to vertical and the coat of arms were changed

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