Flags of South American countries, part 1 – Argentina

This is the first entry in a series of blog posts about the flags of South American countries.

The flags of foreign countries have always interested me. They are often colorful and carry an interesting story behind their creation. So I thought it would be cool to learn about the flags of the South American continent, their meaning and symbolism. Those countries have a lot of history in common. Some of the same revolutionary heroes and enemies.

The first one I chose is the flag of Argentina, in honour of my wife and her birthplace.

On July 9th 1816, Argentina gained its independence from Spain. However, Argentines also celebrate the date of May 25th of 1810, the Revolution Day when the independence movement first started.

The meaning of the flag:

Three equal horizontal bands of light blue (top), white, and light blue; centered in the white band is a radiant yellow sun with a human face known as the Sun of May; the colors represent the clear skies and snow of the Andes; the sun symbol commemorates the appearance of the sun through cloudy skies on 25 May 1810 during the first mass demonstration in favor of independence; the sun features are those of Inti, the Inca god of the sun

flag facts found on the official CIA World Factbook site

Next flag will be of the Argentine neighboor to the west, Chile. One of the longest and thinnest countries in the world and the land of many contrasts and climates.

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