Jamaica Flag

So... you want to learn more about the Jamaica Flag.

No problem.

As you may be aware, all nations hold their own flag a symbol of power, nationalism and pride. Flags flutter proudly as citizens salute and pay respect to this epitome of the nation. There are various ways by which one may discern the spirit of nationalism for a nation and one is in how its people regard its national symbols.

This is so true with the flag of Jamaica.

Jamaica has a long history of colonization under the British Empire. Three hundred years of slavery and control under this government, our flag represents how the country strived greatly to own her freedom. The flag embodies the pride, the struggle, the bravery and individualism of Jamaica amidst the other countries. Who would not be delighted in gaining their own freedom... after all of 300 years? Well, Jamaica's flag ended the tremendous struggle in gaining the country's unique identity as a free nation.

The Jamaica National Flag was born the same day the country was officially granted her freedom... August 6, 1962 (Independence Day). The flag of Jamaica is represented by a gold diagonal cross or saltire with two green triangles, one above and one below the cross, and two black triangles, one on each side of the diagonal cross. (These 3 colours are Pan-African colours.)

Here is the symbolism of the colours:

  • Black depicts the hardships the nation's people have faced and will face time and time again.

  • Green signifies the plethora of agricultural resources and also hope.

  • Finally, gold represents the natural wealth and beauty of the island bathed in golden sunlight.

This is summed up as follows...

"Hardships there are
but the land is green and the sun shineth."

The flag of Jamaica is flown on all government buildings and offices, government-owned and Jamaican registered merchant ships. All government owned vehicles, including aircrafts, rails and motor transports are to display a representation of the Flag. Also, the flag is always established at the official residence and on the official cars of the Governor-General and the Prime Minister.

Moreover, schools, both government-aided and private are encouraged to use the Jamaica Flag. Schools are also encouraged to have a special Flag Raising and Lowering Ceremony each term. The flag should be raised at 8:00 am and lowered not later than sundown. On the other hand, private individuals are also encouraged to fly the flag of Jamaica on their private buildings during national and state occasions especially if the Governor-General or the Prime Minister is on an official visit.

The Jamaica Flag is highly regarded as Jamaica's national sacred emblem... and we expect nothing less than giving it due reverence, respect and devotion. Like most other countries, the flag must never touch the ground and must never be displayed for the purpose of decoration except during state occasions.

Within the country, foreign flags must not supersede the Jamaica Flag. This means that if a foreign flag is flown, it must be flown alongside at equal height and in equal dimension of the Jamaica Flag with the exception of foreign embassies and the like.

But most of all, Jamaicans reveal their pride in their Flag by giving the proper respect during flag ceremonies... or when the Flag is passing during a parade, by pausing, removing their hats and facing the Flag as it passes by... or as it is being raised or lowered.

Jamaicans love to pay tribute and respect to our flag. Our pride is represented greatly with the way the national flag stands on Jamaican soil.