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Flag of Vanuatu

Ratio 19:36
Adoption 1960
Design A horizontal bicolor of red and green with a black isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bearing a boar's tusk encircling two crossed namele fern fronds in the center and a gold pall, a thin yellow narrow horizontal stripe that splits in the shape of a horizontal Y, centered over the partition lines and was edged in black against the red and the green bands while the two points of the Y faces on each corner and encloses the triangle on the hoist-side. [0]


When the Vanua'aku Pati led the New Hebrides to independence as Vanuatu in 1980, the colours of the party flag (red, green, black and yellow) were chosen to be the basis for the national flag. A parliamentary committee chose the final design based on submissions from local artists. The flag of Vanuatu was adopted on 18 February 1980. [0]


The green represents the richness of the islands, the red symbolises the blood of wild boars and men, and the black the ni-Vanuatu people. The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Father Walter Lini, requested the inclusion of yellow and black fimbriations to make the black stand out. The yellow Y-shape represents the light of the gospel going through the pattern of the islands in the Pacific Ocean (approximately 83% of the people of Vanuatu profess Christianity).

The emblem in the black is a boar's tusk — the symbol of prosperity worn as a pendant on the islands — along with two leaves of the local namele Cycad. The leaves are supposed to be a token of peace, and their 39 leaflets represent the 39 members of the Parliament of Vanuatu. [0]