The Flag of Barbados

The flag of Barbados consists of three vertical panels - the outer panels are ultramarine and the center panel is gold. A black trident head, known as the broken trident, is centered in the gold panel. The flag's colors are symbolic, with the blue representing the sea and sky of Barbados, and the gold symbolizing the sand of the island's beaches. The broken trident is emblematic of Barbados' break from colonial rule.

The Flag of Barbados

History

The flag of Barbados was officially adopted on November 30, 1966, the day the country gained independence from the United Kingdom. It was designed by Grantley W. Prescod, who won a national competition. The design of the flag is significant for its representation of Barbados' cultural and political history. The broken trident in particular is a powerful symbol, representing the nation's break and eventual independence from its colonial past. The choice of colors and symbols reflect both the natural beauty of the island and its journey towards self-governance. Since its adoption, the flag has come to be a strong national symbol, flown widely across Barbados and by Barbadians around the world.