The Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

The flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis features a unique design with a background of green, yellow, black, and red vertical bands. A black-edged white diagonal stripe, running from the lower hoist-side corner to the upper fly-side corner, divides the flag, featuring two white stars on the black band. Each element of the flag symbolizes different aspects of the nation's heritage and natural beauty, with green representing the fertile land, yellow the year-round sunshine, black the African heritage of the people, and red the struggle for freedom. The stars signify hope and liberty.

The Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

History

The flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis was officially adopted on September 19, 1983, the day of the country's independence from Britain. The flag was the result of a national competition to design a national flag that would represent the newly independent nation. The winning design was conceived by Edrice Lewis, a local student. This flag replaced the British Blue Ensign, which was used during the colonial period. The design was chosen for its distinctive symbolism and representation of the island's identity, aspirations, and natural environment. Since its adoption, the flag has come to embody the pride and unity of Saint Kitts and Nevis as a sovereign nation.