The National Flag of Jamaica was first raised on
Independence Day, August 6, 1962. It signifies the birth of our nation.
The Jamaican National 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.
A bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives designed
the Jamaican Flag which 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 the hoist and fly (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
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.