In honor of Flag Day this month, Sandals Lifestyle breaks down the meaning of some of the most visited Caribbean nations’ flags.
Historically, the flag of a nation symbolizes a number of things. It could represent perseverance, struggle, triumph, and even, independence. A flag may take on different meanings for different people; however, a consistent theme of unity of the people always reigns supreme. In the Caribbean islands, it’s no different, as flags proudly wave in the breeze of this sun, sea and sand destination.
This flag’s blue color stands for the blue sky and blue Ocean that surround the island. It also represents fidelity. Gold stands for the gleaming sunshine and for prosperity. The black and white portions of the flag symbolize racial harmony and cultural influences, symbolic of two races living and working in unity. The triangles are meant to evoke the Pitons, the island’s two large peaks that rise out of the ocean—a symbol of hope and aspiration of the people of Saint Lucia.
The sun in this colorful and intricate flag design represents the dawning of a new era. Deep red symbolizes the energy of the people while blue represents hope, and black, the African ancestry of the people. A trio of colors—yellow, blue and white—embodies the sun, sea and sand.
Designed with three horizontal stripes; one gold, representing the sands of the nation; and two blue, symbolizing the vast waterscape that surrounds the islands, the Bahamian flag is full of strong colors. The black triangle stands for unity and the determination of the people of the Bahamas.
In Jamaica, the flag’s colors have powerful meanings. The tri-colored flag of green, black, and yellow represents both burdens and hope. The yellow cross divides the Jamaican flag into four triangles with green on the top and bottom, and black on the outer sides. Yellow symbolizes the sun and natural resources; green represents the land and hope for the future; and black represents the burdens borne by the people.
Turks & Caicos
As an overseas territory of the United Kingdom (UK), the flag of the Turks & Caicos Islands incorporates the British Blue Ensign of the UK. The island’s coat of arms shield is integrated into the design of the flag, but leaves out the flamingoes and the pelican, as displayed in the island’s standing coat of arms shield. A conch shell and a crayfish (or lobster), which represent the local fishing industry, and a flowering cactus, which represents local flora in the ranking coat of arms, are presented in the flag’s design.