Dominica celebrates Flag Day

Today is being observed as Flag Day  in Dominica.

Flag Day is observed annually as part of the Independence Day celebrations.

The flag, in more ways than one, depicts the various aspects of the island which make it unique and the Dominican public is called upon every independence to celebrate the island’s flag.

Flag Day was instituted by the Cultural Division as part of Independence Celebrations as a way for the population to display and give recognition to the flag.

It is one of Dominica’s symbols of nationhood and national identity.

The National Flag we know today is the product of the recent design of November 3, 1988.

The flag consists of a circular emblem of red bearing a blue chested Sisserou Parrot standing on a twig. The parrot which must always face the flag pole, is encircled by ten lime green stars. The ten stars are outlined by yellow. This is superimposed by three vertical and three horizontal stripes of yellow, black and white forming a triple colored cross against a general background of forest green. Each symbol and color seen on the flag has a specific meaning and purpose.

The first official version of Dominica’s flag was officially revealed on November 3rd 1978 at the Government headquarters. It was designed by Alwin Bully for a flag competition held earlier that year. Whereas most flags have a maximum of four colors, Dominica’s national flag has eight which makes it more complex and expensive to produce.

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5 Comments

  1. ibo france
    October 15, 2019

    Perfectly said, Dee! I totally agree with every word of your post. This matter should be very concerning to the safety of all law abiding Dominicans and should not be taken lightly. All efforts should be made to find the perpetrators and drag them before a magistrate. I’m very skeptical that anything will come of it. This was planned and done as a distraction by operatives of the DLP. It is just a very sad state of affairs presently in the country. Before Skerrit’s ascension to the helm of power in government, this sort of criminal activity was unimaginable in Dominica. Criminals now feel emboldened to ply their trade with impunity in this once most peaceful paradise in the Caribbean. Dominica is descending into a Hell Hole – lowest wages, scarcity of good paying sustainable jobs, bad roads and bridges, fierce political tribalism, palpable fear of victimization, unrelenting poverty and the list is infinite. Change is needed.

  2. Ivenia
    October 14, 2019

    DNO admin please the sisserou parrot is not blue chested. Its purple. Please. Verify information before publishing please. I’m an educator and besides just a month ago I saw three live ones in the heights of Layou park. Even when I attended school I’ve never known the sisserou to be blue chested. Please.

    ADMIN: Thank you for your feedback.

    We gave the date of the last verified official information on the flag we have found.

    As far as we are aware, there is still no uniform consistent standard on the preparation of our flag.

    Compare with this description and image from the government website where the Sisserou appears to be blue chested: http://dominica.gov.dm/about-dominica/national-symbols/national-flag

  3. Proud Dominican
    October 14, 2019

    There are so many versions of the Dominica National Flag going around. According to this article, the stars are lime green. When I was in primary school, the stars we were taught about on the flag were all yellow, and my child is presently learning in school now that the stars are forest green. I wish Mr. Alwain Bully would put out a statement on his original design – the TRUE flag of Dominica.

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    • Sentiments
      October 14, 2019

      I agree. I was taught that the stars are lime green but only ever saw 1 version of this. By the time I was in college they were saying it is green with yellow outline. I’m shocked to hear that it is now being taught as forest green. That is the background colour! We need to see the original version. I agree completely.

  4. dee
    October 14, 2019

    While we celebrating flag day , I want to know how foreign officials have no respect for our country, our flag do not mean anything to them?
    We should take that to the extreme and investigate from the customs officer and( immigration officer too) who dealt with that man on entry into our country ? we need plenty information here ,
    was he granted any special privileges on entry, and under whose instructions . If his case was opened by customs ,as it should have been , was there any noticeable sum of money in there ? as he would have no access to any large sum of money from a local bank without one local citizen knowing ?
    Heads should roll here , suppose it was a case of explosives that man was carrying on entry into Dominica , let’s take that to the extreme OK. Explore all the security violation possibilities , and the possible risk of Dominicans lives .
    That one should not be allowed to be swept under the carpet if it was meant as a diversion to the billion dollars question ?

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