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!