Guyana Flag Facts
Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Guyana Flag
The National Flag of Guyana was adopted in May 1966 and can be described as having a brightly colored design incorporating the colors green, gold (yellow), red, black and white. The colors were chosen to represent this country's history, culture and geography. The flag, known commonly as 'The Golden Arrowhead' was designed by a vexillologist named Whitney Smith Jr.
Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Guyana Flag
The flag of Guyana is known as ‘The Golden Arrow’ as its design features a vibrant green background with a golden arrow, or triangle, which incorporates a smaller red arrow (triangle) on the hoist side. The golden arrow has white edges and the red arrow has black edges. The proportion of the Guyanese flag is 3:5.
Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Guyana Flag
The flag of Guyana was designed by a scholar of flags, an American vexillologist known as Whitney Smith Jr. The original design did not include white or black edges around the golden arrow nor red arrow which were later added to enhance the flag's design. These additional fimbriations were suggestions made by the UK's College of Arms.
Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Guyana Flag
Whilst a self-governing member of the British Empire, British Guiana ran a competition to design a new national flag in 1962, the year expected to mark the nation’s independence. However, Guyana did not gain independence from the United Kingdom until 1966. This is the only English speaking nation on the continent of South America. Guyana is one of four non-Spanish speaking nations, the other being French Guiana, Suriname, and Brazil.
Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Guyana Flag
The vibrant colors of the flag are symbolic of this country’s history, culture, geography and wealth. The color green depicts the rich forests and agriculture of Guyana, the color white symbolizes its rivers and water, and the color gold is representative of the nation’s mineral wealth. Black shows the perseverence of Guyana and red honors the sacrifices made by its people. The arrow on the flag’s design points towards the country’s golden future.