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Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Ratio 2:3
Adoption 1983
Design A yellow-edged black broad diagonal band bearing two white five-pointed stars divided diagonally from the lower hoist side corner to the upper fly corner: the upper triangle is green and the lower triangle is red. [0]
Colors
#009E49
#CE1126
#000000
#FCD116
#FFFFFF

History

In 1882, the British amalgamated Saint Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla into a single colony called the British Leeward Islands. The three islands later became part of the West Indies Federation in 1958; after this dissolved four years later, they were granted the status of associate state as Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla. However, Anguilla decided to secede from the federation in 1969, owing to fears that their population, which was already small, would be further marginalized in parliament. This was eventually formalized in 1980, and a new flag for the remaining parts of the federation was needed, since the symbolism of the previous flag centered on the concept of a union of three.

A national competition was held in the early 1980s to choose a new flag. The winning design by student Edrice Lewis was one of 258 entries. It was first hoisted one minute after midnight on September 19, 1983, the day Saint Kitts and Nevis became an independent country. [0]

Meaning

The green alludes to the country's fertile land, while the red evokes the fight for freedom against slavery and colonialism. The yellow stripes represent the sunshine the islands enjoy all year round and the black epitomizes the people's African origins. The two stars on the black band symbolize Saint Christopher and Nevis — the two islands that make up the federation—as well as "hope and liberty."

The official meaning behind the flag's symbols was formulated by Edrice Lewis, the same person who designed the flag. [0]