Argentina

The Flag of Argentina

Argentina is a proud South American nation, filled with diverse people, geography, and culture. Its capital is Buenos Aires, one of the most important cities in the world for commerce, art, culture, and tourism. Over this beautiful land and influential people flies the simple and bold Argentinian flag. The flag of Argentina has three horizontal stripes; the top and bottom are light blue and the middle is white. In the middle of the white stripe is the golden “Sun of May.” What the Design Means The design was created soon after the Argentinian people declared their freedom from Spain. The blue signifies a clear blue sky with no clouds over it, and nothing to mar or block its perfection. A sky like that is a hallmark of Argentinian scenery and representative of freedom. In the middle of the clear sky is the sun of freedom, lighting the way for all citizens of the nation. History of the Flag The flag of Argentina was adopted in 1812, four years before Argentina declared independence from Spain. Even before they were legally independent, they needed a new, unique flag to represent the Argentinian people. When it became the official flag in 1812, it was only the three stripes—blue, white, blue. Those colors were decided when Argentina won its independence from Spain, by one of the revolution’s most important leaders, Manuel Belangro. The story goes that on the first day of liberation demonstrations in the capital, Buenos Aires, in 1810, the blue sky parted, revealing beautiful white clouds. The people took this sign as a blessing and Belangro used the image for his design for the Argentinian flag. In Argentina, Flag Day is celebrated on June 20, the anniversary of Belangro’s death. What the Flag Stands For Argentina has a complex and sometimes messy political history. In the 20th century alone, Argentina’s politics and government was marked by a confusing alternating between a constitutional rule and military coups with army-based dictators in charge. It’s fair to say that with such inconsistency, the Argentinian flag does not stand for the Argentinian government. In fact, while the government and leadership changed so frequently over the two centuries since Argentina achieved independence, the flag is one of the few things that remained the same throughout the nation and through some of its most serious challenges. So, if it doesn’t stand for the government of Argentina, what does it mean to its people, and why does it remain a constant in the common life of this complex nation? The flag stands for the spirit of the people of Argentina, and it stands for liberty. No matter what the ever-changing government imposes, the people of Argentina constantly work to serve their country and to ensure the freedom of all its citizens. Whether it’s a loud demonstration in the streets of Buenos Aires, or a quiet checkmark on a voting ballot, the people of Argentina believe in freedom. They’ll pursue it as long and the blue and white flag flies over them and the sun of freedom shines.