Dominica today observes Flag Day.
An entire week has been dedicated to the National Emblems of Dominica as part of this year’s independence celebrations.
National Emblem Week runs from Monday, October 11th, 2021 to Friday, October 15th, 2021, and has commenced with Flag Day.
Flag day is dedicated to the National Flag of Dominica, a masterpiece designed by Dominican playwright, Mr. Alwin Bully, in early 1978, in preparation for the country’s independence.
The flag was first flown in Dominica on November 3rd, 1978.
The national flag consisting of a green field (background) bearing a cross of yellow, black, and white stripes; in the center of the flag, a red disk bears an imperial parrot encircled by green stars.
The green field represents the lush vegetation of the island. The cross represents the Trinity and Christianity, with its three colors symbolizing the natives, the fertile soil, and the pure water. The 10 green five-pointed stars stand for the country’s 10 parishes: (St Andrew, St David, St George, St John, St Joseph, St Luke, St Mark, St Patrick, St Paul, and St Peter), while the red disc stands for justice.
The flag of Dominica, along with other national symbols, was the focus of a government-sponsored “Emblems Week” in 2016.
An initiative of the independence committee, Emblems Week is aimed at reflecting on the meaning of the national emblems, and promoting their use among members of the general public and particularly among the country’s schools.