Waving proudly in the Zocalo square in Mexico City is the Mexican flag – an object of great national pride. In fact, the flag is such a source of pride that it even has its own holiday – Día de la Bandera or Flag Day, which takes place every February 24 and is considered a national holiday. More about Mexico.
1.Mexican Flag Colors
2.What do the colors of the Mexican flag mean?
3.The eagle of the Mexican flag
Quick Facts About the Mexican Flag
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The central seal on the flag wasn’t always like that (the national crest appearing on both sides). In fact, the current one wasn’t adopted until 1968. During the time of the Second Mexican Empire, the seal had five eagles – one for each corner and one in the center.
Other facts about the Mexican flag:
- The flag of Mexico is known as Bandera de Mexico in Spanish. Mexicans often refer to it as Bandera Nacional.
- The flag was first created back in 1821 by Agustin de Iturbide, a Mexican army general.
- The flag has a width to length ratio of 4:7.
- During the Olympics, the President of Mexico gives the flag to one of the athletes to bring to the host country.
- Whenever the national anthem of Mexico is played on the television, the flag must be shown.
- In case the country needs to honor the death of someone who is listed in the country’s national flag law, the Mexican flag is to be flown half-mast.
- During parades where the Mexican flag is shown, members of the military salute the civilians, who will in turn give a civic salute.
- Vicente Guerrero was the first military officer to swear allegiance to the flag.
- Flag day is celebrated on February 24.
- At certain times of the year, the flag is flown by both civilians and military personnel.
- The image of the Mexican flag is protected by law. That is, the broadcasting and duplication of its image is regulated, and special permits are required for its use.
- The biggest Mexican flag is 196 feet by 111 feet and is found in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Its pole is 120 meters tall, weighing 160 tons.
- The songs dedicated to the Mexican flag are Juramento a la Bandera, which means “oath to the flag,” and Toque de Bandera, which means “salute to the flag.”
Clearly, the Mexican flag is a very important symbol of Mexico. It’s rich with symbolism and based on a long history, representing the events that made the country what it is today. So, whenever you’re in Mexico, make sure that you always treat the flag with respect. Take the time to learn and understand what locals do to respect the flag and you’ll be good to go.