The Flag of Samoa

The flag of Samoa consists of a red field with a blue rectangle in the top left corner, which bears the Southern Cross constellation depicted with white stars. The red field symbolizes courage, the blue rectangle represents freedom, and the white stars of the Southern Cross signify guidance.

The Flag of Samoa

History

The flag of Samoa was officially adopted on February 24, 1949, prior to Samoa's independence from New Zealand on January 1, 1962. The design has its origins in the flag of the Mau movement, which was the main party advocating for Samoan independence during the early 20th century. The current flag maintained the essential elements of the Mau flag, integrating the Southern Cross to reflect the nation's geographical location in the South Pacific and its aspirations towards freedom, guidance, and independence. Over the years, the flag has come to symbolize Samoa's identity, sovereignty, and pride as an independent nation.