Flag of Guatemala: meaning and coloring

Municipal symbolism contains flags, coats of arms, and the city anthem. Extensive importance is attached to the formation of the image and the selection of colors for the flag. They are reflected in the country’s policy or historical acts related to the establishment of the country and the acquisition of independence. On the coat of emblem, signs are used, symbolically speaking about the birth of the country’s inhabitants, their religious and cultural beliefs.

So the modern flag of Guatemala looks:

Flag of Guatemala-1

History flag of Guatemala

Guatemala was part of the United States of Central America and until 1838 used the flag with 3 horizontal stripes, the last of which were blue, and the central – white.

Flag of Guatemala-2

At the end of 1838, separated from the federation, Guatemala took the new flag.

The color response did not differ from the past, but it seemed to the coat of arms in the center of the flag.

The new coat of arms accompanied the circumference located in the center, on the outer edge of which was the inscription “Guatemala Center and the Federation of Federation”. Apart from this were depicted flowers in symmetrical horns of wealth, Luk and Arrow, Pipe and Licorous Bunda. In the center may be to consider sea 5 water and the painting of volcanoes. On top of the whole composition was the quiver with arrows. The flag existed until 1843, at the time, at that time, at a time when the coat of arms was changed again at the end of the decay of the federation.

Flag of Guatemala-3

Now it was the Sun and the image of volcanoes above them, and olive branches and arrow tips in the quiver. The inscription changed his personal value, now it was a reminder of the acquisition of independence – “Guatemala in Central America. September 15, 1821 “. The background colors did not change until 1851, then disappeared and the coat of arms from the municipal flag.

Flag of Guatemala-4

National Spanish colors: red and yellowish occupied a personal seat on the canvas, and at the end of 1858, the dimensions of horizontal strips changed.

Flag of Guatemala-5

  • 1858-1871

Flag of Guatemala-6

  • 1851-1858

The flag background was divided into three equal parts, the Supreme Part of the Supreme Part contained blue, white, and red colors, starting from above. A yellow band was stated in the center, and the lower part was the right copy of the top tricolor. And exclusively in the first half of the 70s and years, at the time, at the time, at the time when a successful attempt was made by armed riot, the flag of Guatemala got a modern appearance. But officially the flag was adopted on February 28, 1885.


The official flag of Guatemala is a rectangular canvas, the sides of which are in a 5:8 ratio. The main background is divided into three equal parts: the side painted in blue, and the central strip – in white. In the center of the white strip, there is a country emblem. The emblem shows two olive branches, located symmetrically left and right.

In the center of an extraordinary wreath put arms crossed. The gun is a gun and a couple of blades. Over their crosses are a dilapidated scroll, which is considered fundamental for Guatemala’s historical data On the scroll from above sits a bird, deployed by the beak on the left, and its long tail is lowered to the base of the wreath.

Flag of Guatemala-7 Flag of Guatemala-8

Colors of the flag

On the flag of Guatemala as the background used two colors: blue and white in proportions 2:1. In the image, the emblem can be seen green, brown, and yellow.

Meaning colors flag Guatemala

The main colors of the flag of Guatemala are blue and white. The blue color is a sign of the implementation of laws and a conscientious case, and white – purity and honesty. Olive branches mean victory and glory. The gun in the center of the emblem is the Rifle of Remington, they symbolize the readiness of the residents of Guatemala to Mustrase themselves when attacking.

Next to the gun are crossed blades, which means the honor of the people, independence, and justice. Located over the gun, the scroll contains the inscription “Libertad 15 de Septiembre de 1821”, the date of September 15, 1821, reminds of the acquisition of the sovereignty of Central America from Spain.

On the scrolls, the bird sends is the Kvezal (Ketzal), the bird is a sign of freedom and sovereignty of the country. Kvezal is a rather rare and beautiful bird, she has a long tail and green painting feathers. Lives in the areas of mountain forests and are under the protection of the country.

Before the conquest of the land, Kvezal was considered the sacred bird, the feathers of which were decorated with portraits and hats.

Some elements of the coat of arms changed, putting or opposite by removing minor details. The ends of the saber and green branches were previously tied with ribbons painted in the colors of the State Flag. Narovna with this head of the bird on the emblem was deployed for the right. The final view of the state symbolism Guatemala got into the 2nd half of the 60s of the XX century.

I say that the coat of arms was invented by an engraver from Switzerland. Jean-Baptiste Ferrer lived in Guatemala, starting from 1854 to his fate. At first, the image was used in the form of a decorative composition, which decorated the palace in the capital. The image was placed on the structure in honor of the arrival of the liberals to power in the first half of the 70s of the XIX century. The winners of the emblem fell to taste, and they began to use it as a state sign.

Non-specialized information about Guatemala

Official language Spanish
Capital Guatemala
Territory 108 889 km2
Population 14 373 472 people
Telephone code
and currency +502
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