The National Flag of Barbados is comprised
of three equal vertical panels - the centre panel of gold and the outer
panels of ultramarine. A broken trident in black is located in the centre
of the flag.
Blue represents the sea and sky of Barbados, while gold represents the
sand of the island's beaches. The symbol at the centre of the flag
represents the Trident of the mythical sea god, Neptune - the shaft of the
trident is broken symbolising Barbados' break from Britain.
Some rules concerning the display of the
Barbadian National Flag:
The National Flag should be flown every
day from the Public Buildings, Trafalgar Square, from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
It may also be flown daily from
government buildings and schools when they are in session, and places of
The National Flag should not be flown
after 6:00pm except inside a building.
The National Flag is flown at half-mast
in mourning. The decision on the occasions on which the flag should be
flown at half-mast rest with the Cabinet (Government).
The flag should never be flown with the
trident inverted except as a sign of distress.
The flag when on display should not be
allowed to touch anything beneath it - floors, furniture, trees, plants,
buildings, vehicles, water and so on.
The National Flag of Barbados was designed
by Mr. Grantley W. Prescod.