Argentina is a place that is full of heart, tradition and pride for their country. There are many symbols that represent Argentina, who they are as a people paired with their strong history of just actions and triumph. The Argentina Flag takes precedence as a National representation of their country. The lifestyle and culture of Argentina is unwavering when it comes to their principles and all that they stand for. Their symbols are specific with a reason and story behind each one creating a profound significance.
The National Flag of Argentina holds three stripes that are divided equally. It was designed by Manuel Belgrano in the year 1812 and became the National Flag in 1816. The colors are pale blue on the top and bottom and white in the center. You will note the Sun of May sits significantly in the center of the Argentina Flag. It is said the light blue and white colors represent the hope and cheer we find within a blue sky with a few sunny clouds. There is some debate on this topic.
Historians believe the colors show a sense of loyalty to the House of Bourbon in trend of keeping a positive interaction and show of kinship. Aurora and Salutation to the Flag are anthems that are dedicated to the Argentina Flag. They both reference the sun and the color of the sky in their lyrics which to some shares the true meaning of Argentina’s colors.
Symbols of a Stand
A symbolic Sun of May is a Golden Sun that bears a total of thirty two rays. Sixteen are straight and the remainder have a slight wave and bend to their appearance. A face in the middle of the sun is said to resemble the Inca Sun God, Inti. It is referred to as the Sun of May as a reminder of the revolution that took place in May of 1810. The May Revolution brought independence.
Tales of the Sun lies in an old legend that has been carried down through the generations. It is believed when a new independence and government took place, they received a sign that could only be viewed as a good omen. The Sun that was hidden behind the clouds broke through to shine its magnificent rays upon Argentina. This blessing was considered to bring luck and the promise of peace to their nation. The Sun of May was used as an emblem on the first coin currency of Argentina and was later adapted to become a permanent symbol in 1818 on Argentina’s National Flag.
The Argentina Flag is honored each June on the twentieth day of the month. This date marks the anniversary of the Flags creator, Manuel Belgrano’s death in the year 1820. Flag Day is honored as a National Holiday. Festivals, parades and fireworks are a custom way to celebrate and honor their Flag.