Jamaica

Jamaican Flag Gets Hi-Five Globally!

And the winner is…The Jamaican Flag!

The Jamaican Flag got its mojo. It was the winner of the World Cup of Flags 2020 event, staged on twitter recently.

The 64 elimination rounds and voting over a six weeks-period would see the Jamaican Flag rising to the top of 192 flags around the world.

What began as a game on Twitter by Election Maps UK to alleviate the boredom of stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest generated worldwide interest and participation. 

While no prizes were awarded, Jamaica’s brand name loomed larger than life.  

With the entry of a total of 192 flags, Jamaica took the number one spot, South Africa, a close second, and Barbados third.

Jamaica earned 50.7 percent of the votes while South Africa received 49.3 percent.

A total of 298,000 people voted in the online Twitter poll

Design 

Following a national flag design competition (in 1961), which failed to yield a winning model, a bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives in early 1962, designed the Jamaican Flag in time for Independence Day Celebrations on August 6, 1962

 Symbolism 

“The sun shineth, the land is green, and the people are strong and creative” is the symbolism of the colors of the Flag. 

Black – depicts the strength and creativity of the people. 

Gold – the natural beauty of the sunlight and the wealth of the country.

Green – signifies hope and agricultural resources.

The Jamaican Flag was unfurled and hoisted for the first time at the dramatic hour of midnight on August 5, 1962, as the British Flag was being lowered, signaling the dawn of Jamaica’s political independence from Britain, after over 300 years under British rule.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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