The Jamaica National Flag was first raised on Independence Day, August 6, 1962. It signifies the birth of the nation. The Flag brings to mind memories of past achievements and gives inspiration towards further success. It is flown on many triumphant occasions, showing the pride that Jamaicans have in their country and in the flag itself.
The Jamaican Flag consists of a diagonal cross with four triangles placed side by side. The diagonal cross is gold; the top and bottom triangles are green; and side triangles are black.
The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative” is the symbolism of the colours of the flag. Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green, hope and agricultural resources.
Code for use of the Jamaican Flag
The Jamaican flag should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor. It should not be flown or used only for decorative purposes on anything that is for temporary use and is likely to be discarded, except on state occasions.
The flag should never be smaller than any other flag flown at the same time.
When the flag becomes worn and must be replaced, burn it.
Do not place any other flag above or to the right of the Jamaican flag, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.
Do not raise any foreign flag publicly, unless the Jamaican flag is also flown, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.
The flag shouldn’t be draped over vehicles, except on military, police and state occasions.
The Jamaican National motto is "Out of one people', which simply means that the population is of multi-racial roots. The male and female standing on either side of the shield represent member of the Taino tribe.
Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. Ackee is not indigenous to Jamaica, it has historic meaning because it came to the island from West Africa on a slave ship. Note that there are two types of ackee, butter and cheese.
When the ackee is soft and yellow it is butter while cheese ackee is when it is of hard cream-coloured.
Jamaican national flower is the Lignum Vitae. It was found in Jamaica by Christopher Columbus.
Jamaican national tree is the Blue Mahoe. It is indigenous to the island.
Jamaican National Bird is the Doctor Bird. Other names are; Swallow Tail Hummingbird and Trochilus Polytmus. This bird is very beautiful and is one of the most outstanding of the many species of humming birds. It only lives in Jamaica.