The Flag of Fiji

The flag of Fiji features a light blue field with the Union Jack in the canton, symbolizing the country's colonial past under British rule, and a shield taken from Fiji's national arms on the fly side. This shield contains a yellow lion holding a cacao pod, along with three panels showing a sugar cane, a coconut palm, and a banana bunch, representing the country's agricultural resources, and a panel with a dove of peace.

The Flag of Fiji

History

The current flag of Fiji was adopted on October 10, 1970, upon gaining independence from British colonial rule. The design reflects both Fiji's historical ties with the United Kingdom and its own cultural heritage. The inclusion of the Union Jack denotes Fiji’s status as a former British colony, while the shield from the national arms represents the nation's identity and natural wealth. Prior to 1970, Fiji used several flags under British colonial administration, primarily featuring the Union Jack. Changes to the flag have been proposed, particularly after Fiji became a republic in 1987, but the current design remains in use, symbolizing a blend of historical connections and national pride.