Flag of Barbados
November 30, 1966, the national flag of Barbados was officially accepted. Barbados Flag comprises of two blue outer bands unglued by a golden middle band, and a black trident-head in the center. The two blue bands are expected to stand for the ocean, while the gold is for the sand on the island.
The trident is taken from the old overseas badge, which showed Flag of Barbados holding a trident. The damaged lower part indicates a symbolic break with its ancient and constitutional ties as an earlier colony. The three points of the trident signify the three principles of democracy - government of, for, and by the people.
History of Barbados Flag
During 1958 and 62, Flag of the West Indies Federation, known as "Sun and Seas Flag" comprises of a blue field with four white horizontal wavy bars and an orange sun in the center was adapted. Later, the flag of the Colony of Barbados between 1870 and 1966, a British Blue Ensign with an emblem of Barbados was adopted.
Barbados Flag Design and Symbolic Meaning
It involves of a triband of two bands of ultramarine that stand for the ocean nearby the country and the sky, detached by a golden middle band representing the sand. A black trident head is centered in the golden band. The trident representation was taken from Barbados' colonial badge. The broken lower part symbolizes an emblematic break from its grade as a colony. The three points of the trident characterize the three principles of democracy known as government of the people, government for the people, and government by the people.
The two red stripes at the top and bottom are the new modification made in the design after independence. However, the coat of arms was granted in 1907. The Latin motto “I flourish in the shade” is a reference to forests and its establishment was added to the flag, which was later omitted in 1907. In 1964, the current government unofficially flew the flag over public buildings. However, on Independence Day, a revised national flag was officially hoisted.
About Barbados Republic
Lying in the North America continent, Barbados is originated in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean in North America. It has one of the most famous beaches in the world. Barbados is an island country located in the Caribbean and situated in the easternmost island in the Caribbean and completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The nation has 2.86 lacs inhabitants with the population density of 660 people per square kilometer (1,704/square mile).
Barbados has democratic government, where the President is considered as the head of state and the Prime Minister as head of government. Following, the executive power is exercised by the president and the government.
The official language of Barbados is English and the currency is Barbadian dollar. Barbados comprises of two letters Barbados code i.e. BB and its three letters Barbados code is BRB and in digits it is 052. The calling code is +1-246 and the UTC i.e. standard time followed in Barbados is UTC -4 hours.
Barbados comprises a total of 12 parishes. These include: Christ Church, Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy, Saint Michael.