The Mexican flag has a history that dates back to 1821 when Mexico achieved independence from Spain. The flag’s colours were inspired by the French flag and the colours of the Spanish Royal House of Bourbon. It is one of the oldest flags in the Americas and it is also the only one in Latin America that has not changed its design since it was first created.
The design was officially adopted on September 16, 1968, by President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz after a public competition won by graphic designer Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz.
Flag of Mexico
The Mexican flag has a colourful history and is steeped in symbolism. The flag’s colours were chosen to represent different things: green stands for hope; white represents unity; red signifies strength, and blue represents loyalty. These colours are also featured on other Mexican flags, including those used by state governments and military forces.
The modern-day national flag was created during the Mexican War of Independence. It was designed by Agustín de Iturbide, who became Emperor of Mexico in 1822. The flag was meant to symbolise the creation of a new nation, and it featured three main colours: green, white, and red, the same colours used on many other flags around the world.
The flag’s design was first adopted on February 24, 1821, when Mexico was still under Spanish rule. At this time, it was known as the “Flag of Independence.” In 1823, however, it became known as the “Flag of Fatherland” or “Flag of Independence,” after a new constitution was written and Mexico gained independence from Spain. The National Flag Day of Mexico commemorates this date when Agustín de Iturbide and his army swore allegiance to the first Mexican flag in Veracruz.
After several changes to its design over time, including the addition of stars, the current version was established in 1968 by President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. This version has been used ever since.
The rectangular blue-white-red tricolour has been a symbol of the nation since 1821 and is still used today by all branches of the federal government and most states in accordance with Article 3 Section 1 of the Constitution. The President uses a special presidential standard based on this design when they are at official events or travelling around Mexico; however, it does not appear anywhere on any other state landmarks or buildings.
Design and symbolism
The flag of Mexico is made up of three equal parts, coloured green and white with a red triangle at the hoist. The green represents independence and hope, while the white stands for purity and innocence. The colour red evokes blood spilt during war and sacrifice in defence of liberty. The coat of arms in the centre contains an eagle holding a snake, representing wisdom in its beak; this is bordered by golden banners with two lions supporting them, symbolizing strength. Underneath the coat of arms is a scroll that reads: “Libertad y Lealtad”, “Freedom and Loyalty”.
The Mexican coat of arms also called an escutcheon or shield, is an eagle holding a snake in its beak and talons. This image is taken from an Aztec myth about the world’s creation. A golden crown rests on top of the escutcheon and signifies high honour and sovereignty over the country’s territory.
Mexico’s National Flag Day
The National Flag Day of Mexico is celebrated on February 24, commemorating the day in 1821 when Agustín de Iturbide established Mexico’s first national flag. The Mexican flag was designed by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, with help from Lieutenant Colonel José Mariano Jiménez de Cisneros and other insurgent leaders.
The flag was adopted on February 24, 1821, and first flown in the city of Dolores on September 16, 1810, during Hidalgo’s Grito de Dolores, Cry of Independence.
The flag is protected all year round: special permits are needed to broadcast its image.
Mexico’s flag has a history that goes back to 1821 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla used it in their rebellion against Spain. It’s a symbol of freedom and independence for the people of Mexico as well as many other Latin American countries today.