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Flag of New Mexico

New Mexico
Ratio 2:3
Adoption 1925
Design The ancient Zia Sun symbol in red, in the center of a field of yellow. [0]
Colors
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History

The Daughters of the American Revolution pushed New Mexico to design a contemporary and unique flag in 1920. A contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia Sun symbol found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th-century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia. Four is a sacred number which symbolizes the Circle of Life: the four directions, the four times of day, the four stages of life, and the four seasons. The circle binds the four elements of four together. His winning design is the flag that the state uses today.

New Mexico has the best-designed flag of any U.S. state, territory or Canadian province, according to a 2001 survey by the North American Vexillological Association. [0]

Meaning

The flag of the U.S. state of New Mexico consists of a red sun symbol of the Zia on a field of yellow. The colors invoke the flags of Habsburg Spain (the Cross of Burgundy flag) and the Crown of Aragon brought by the conquistadors. This highlights the state's Native American Pueblo and Spanish roots. [0]