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National flag, meaning of the elements and colors

Our National Flag is a symbol that gives us identity, meaning and recognition. We know how it looks like, its colors, and maybe we even remember a bit of its history. However, not all of us have in mind the real meaning of our beautiful flag. So, here it goes.

Basically, our flag is a rectangle divided equally into three vertical sections. Its colors, as seen from the flagpole, are: green, white and red. In the center strip, there’s the Mexican National Emblem, with a diameter of three quarters of its width.

National Flag

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The meaning behind each color of National Flag

Each color symbolizes something different about us. Green symbolizes people’s hope in the destiny of their race. The color white represents the purity of the people’s ideals; and the red, represents the blood shed by the heroes of our country.

On the other hand, the emblem of our pre-Hispanic past has its origin in a code that the Aztecs used as a signal to found the great Tenochtitlan.

The legend says that the Aztecs heard the call of the god Huitzilopochtli. He told them that they had to leave their land, the Aztlan, to find a new place full of wealth and fertility.

The signal was supposed to be very clear: when they found an eagle perched on a cactus eating a snake, they would know that place was the promised land. And so it was, after 302 years when they found the sign and founded Tenochtitlán.

Several flags, a lot of history

Throughout history there have been several modifications on the flag, but the one we know today as the official flag was adopted on September 16, 1968.

National Flag

In fact, our first flag was the one that Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla used as a banner in 1810 during the independence fight. At that time the emblem of the Virgin of Guadalupe was recognized as the first pennant.

Years later, new elements and forms were adapted giving a specific intention to our national symbol. It was not until 1968 that the last design of the Mexican flag was adopted and approved by decree on September 16 of that year and under the design of Jorge Enciso.

In addition, since 1940 on February 24, we officially commemorate our flag.


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