The Flag of Jamaica

The flag of Jamaica features a diagonal cross that divides the flag into four sections: two of them are green (top and bottom) and two black (hoist and fly sides). The cross is gold. The flag's unique design sets it apart from other national flags by eschewing the traditional vertical or horizontal stripes for a striking diagonal cross.

The Flag of Jamaica

History

The flag of Jamaica was officially adopted on August 6, 1962, the day Jamaica gained independence from the British Empire. Its colors are symbolic: the black represents the strength and creativity of the people; gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green signifies hope and agricultural resources. The original design concept was a flag with horizontal stripes, but this was changed to the current diagonal cross layout to avoid similarities with other flags. The flag, sometimes referred to as 'The Cross', has become a powerful symbol of Jamaican identity and pride.