The flag of Seychelles was adopted on 18th June 1996 and features five oblique bands of colour, which radiate upwards from the bottom corner. Each colour has a different meaning - and together, they symbolise the nation moving forward into the future.
The different coloured bands are bright and dynamic in green, white, red, yellow and blue. The colours have the following meanings:
• Blue: Represents the sea and sky that surround the Seychelles islands.
• Yellow: This is the sun, giving life and providing light.
• Red: Symbolises the people's determination to work towards the future in love and unity.
• White: Represents harmony and social justice.
• Green: Symbolises the land and the natural environment.
Flag 1976 to 1977
Immediately after Seychelles gained its independence in 1976, the first flag was adopted for just one year. It featured a white diagonal cross divided into four triangles - red triangles at either side and blue at the top and bottom.
It was hoisted on 29th June 1976 at a symbolic ceremony, when the British flag was lowered to mark the end of Seychelles being a colony. The blue and white triangles were the colours of Seychelles' two main political parties; the Seychelles People's United Party and the Democratic Party. However, it resembled the flag of the past colonial rulers of Seychelles – the British and the French. The first flag was withdrawn after Albert René overthrew the president, James Mancham, on 5th June 1977.
Flag 1977 to 1996
Prior to the present-day flag, from 1977 to 1996 it featured two horizontal bands in green and red with a horizontal, wavy white stripe in the centre. Seychelles People’s United Party originally used the flag - with the addition of a yellow rising sun.
The red symbolised progress and revolution; the white represented the waves surrounding the beaches of Seychelles and the resources obtained from the sea and the green symbolised the earth and agriculture.
The flag adopted between 1869 and 1903 was the British Blue Ensign but with the Mauritius coat of arms, as it was administered by British Mauritius at this time.
The flag between 1903 and 1961 was blue with a Union Jack in the top corner and a badge just off the centre depicting a beach, coco de mer trees, the sea and a giant Aldabra tortoise. The motto "finis coronat opus" was on the badge, meaning "the end crowns the work". Interestingly, the Latin motto is still used today on Seychelles' coat of arms.
Between 1961 and 1976, when Seychelles was still under colonial rule, the flag had the same basic design of the blue background and Union Jack. However, the badge changed from being circular into an opal shape. Although it still depicted the giant tortoise, coco de mer tree with coconuts and the sea, there was an additional boat to represent the importance of the fishing industry.
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