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      national flag consisting of horizontal stripes of red and green separated by a black hoist triangle and a horizontal yellow Y-shape (known in heraldry as a pall) with black borders. On the triangle are two crossed leaves encircled by a pig's tusk. The flag has a width-to-length ratio of 3 to 5.

      At the first South Pacific Games in 1963 a team from the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) displayed a flag of blue-yellow-white vertical stripes with a central emblem. Later, political parties developed flags of their own. Not surprisingly for a Melanesian-populated area, the traditional colours red, black, and green found favour. In 1977 a flag of almost the same colours and symbolism as the future national flag was designed by local artist Kalontas Malon (Malon Kalontas) and adopted by the Vanuatu Party. Following minor modifications, it was hoisted as the national flag on Independence Day, July 30, 1980. Its black triangle is symbolic of both the rich soil of the islands and the people who live there. The lush vegetation is suggested by the green stripe, while the red is associated with the local religious traditions. The sacrifice of pigs is a common religious rite on Vanuatu; their blood is reflected in the dark red stripe. The emblem on the triangle is a further acknowledgment of that important ritual: it is a full-round pig's tusk, held in high veneration by the people. Within the circle of the tusk are two crossed namele leaves. The yellow Y-shape that spreads from the hoist to the fly end of the flag suggests the layout of the islands forming Vanuatu, while its yellow colour stands for peace and “the light of Christianity spreading through the archipelago.” The references to traditional beliefs and Christianity are also reflected in the national motto, “We stand with God,” which appears on the coat of arms (arms, coat of).

Whitney Smith
 

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