What Does the Jamaican Flag Represent?

The Jamaican flag represents the beauty and wealth of the shining sun with the color gold, hope and agricultural resources of the land with the color green, and the creativity and strength of the Jamaican people with the color black. The flag signifies the birth of the nation as it was first flown on the Jamaican Independence Day on Aug. 6, 1962.

The Jamaican flag features a diagonal gold cross with triangles of black filling the side spaces and triangles of green filling the top and bottom spaces. It was designed by a Jamaica House of Representatives bipartisan committee, according to the Jamaica Information Service. The flag is raised on triumphant occasions to inspire the Jamaican people and show pride in the country.

The Jamaica Information Service states that the flag should never touch the ground or floor, and it should not be used as a decoration on items that serve a temporary purpose. The Jamaican government makes an exception for state occasions. The Jamaican flag should never be smaller than other flags with which it is flown, and a worn-out flag should be discarded by burning it in private. Foreign flags should not be raised in public unless the Jamaican flag is flown as well.