Cool Flag

3 09 2012

In preparation for my holiday to Mexico I dida bit of reading. I found the image above of the Mexican flag. It is really cool!

The study of flags is called vexillology and if you enjoy the study of flags you would be called a vexillologist. The word flag comes from an old Saxon word meaning floating on air. Flags are usually associated with geographical regions, countries and nations. They are powerful symbols of patriotism and many of them are works of art in their own right.

National flags became common in the 18century but flags have been used since Egyptian times for identification and signaling purposes. At sea they were used to indicate weather conditions or warn that the passengers were ill.

There is alot of symbolism involed. Thinking about the Union Jack for eaxmple, made up of the three different flags of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland representing their unity uses the following colours:

White is a symbol of peace and honesty

Red is for hardiness, bravery, strength and valour

Blue for vigilance, loyalty and justice.

Mexico’s flag is made up three vertical stripes.The left green stripe stands for hope, the white stripe for purity, and the right red stripe represents the blood of the Mexican people.

In the center there is an image of an eagle eating a snake – this is apparently based on an Aztec legend In the fourteenth century, a group of Chichmecas (warrior nomads) called the Aztecs (or Mexicas) settled in Mexico when they saw an eagle (representing the sun) standing on a cactus (a symbol of the heart) clutching a snake (a symbol of the earth).

Like I said I think its really cool!

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Facts About Mexico

1 09 2012

My summer holiday was fabulous. Before I went I did a little research and below I have listed some of my favourite facts I  discovered about the country I was visiting – Mexico!

1/ Mexico is the 14th largest country in the world.

2/ It is located in the “Ring of Fire,” one of the earth’s most violent earthquake and volcano zones

3/ Mexico City is built over the ruins of a great Aztec city, Tenochtitlán.

4/ The origins of modern Mexicans are from a mix of ancient civilizations, including the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, Inca, African, French, and Spanish

5/ Spanish is the national language of Mexico.

6/ Mexico is second only to Brazil in the number of Catholic citizens

7/ Mexico’s national sport is bullfighting.

8/ Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world. – THANK YOU!!!!!

9/ The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539.

10/ Christmas presents are not exchanged until January 6, to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.

And finally its a brilliant place to go on holiday!