If your Monday is particularly dull and lifeless, then let us inject some colour into it; particularly, the colours of yellow, blue and red. The flags of countries aim to reflect national identities and symbolise national histories and sensibilities. It might sound like dull reading at first glance, but every colour, line, contour and crest tells the story of millions and millions of citizens; This is Colombia’s story…
The yellow of Colombians bold flag is said to symbolise the abundant gold within the country, especially prior to the Spanish arrival. Gold plays an important role in the belief, tradition and even in the myth of Colombia; dazzling Muisca rituals would culminate in offering up gold to the gods, whilst the legends and rumours of El Dorado inspired thousands to search for the ever-elusive ‘empire of gold’. The bright yellow colour is also said to symbolise sovereignty and justice; values that are at the heart of the Colombian state.
The blue, or Azul, is said to reflect the shimmering seas that surround Colombia, both Pacific and Caribbean, and is also thought to reflect the belief in universal equality for all. The proud, deep red represents the struggle for independence from the Spanish and serves to honour all those who dedicated their lives to the pursuit of liberty.
Gold, paradisiacal, azure oceans and the noble pursuit of liberty and honour; the flag itself is practically an invitation. So accept it, and see these colours with your own eyes.