The flag of Guatemala is a tricolor flag consisting of three vertical stripes of equal width. The colors of the stripes are blue, white, and blue, with the middle white stripe being twice the width of the blue stripes. In the center of the white stripe, there is the Guatemalan coat of arms.
The blue stripes represent the two oceans that border Guatemala, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The white stripe symbolizes peace and purity, while the coat of arms in the center represents the country’s independence and sovereignty.
The coat of arms features a shield with a crossed rifle and sword, which represents the country’s willingness to defend itself. The shield is surrounded by a wreath of laurel and oak branches, which symbolize victory and strength. Above the shield, there is a quetzal bird, which is the national bird of Guatemala and represents freedom. Below the shield, there is a scroll with the country’s motto, “Libertad 15 de Septiembre de 1821,” which means “Freedom September 15, 1821,” the date when Guatemala gained its independence from Spain.
The flag of Guatemala was adopted on August 17, 1871, and has remained unchanged since then. It is a symbol of the country’s rich history and culture, as well as its commitment to peace and freedom. The flag is flown on many occasions, including Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 15th each year.