The flag of Zimbabwe is divided down the center by a narrow black horizontal stripe.
The colors used in the flag of Zimbabwe are the traditional pan-African colors. The green represents the fertility of the land and the nation's agriculture. The yellow symbolizes the minerals that are a major natural resources of Zimbabwe. Red shows the bloodshed of the war for independence in the Chimurenga, or wars. And the black represents the native people of Zimbabwe and their heritage. The white on the triangle symbolizes peace, and the red star is for the rising hopes of the nation. The soapstone bird is the national bird of Zimbabwe and a national symbol.
Zimbabwe Flag History
The flag of Zimbabwe was officially adopted on April 18, 1980. Prior to this flag, Zimbabwe was called Zimbabwe Rhodesia from June 1, 1979 until April 1980. Zimbabwe Rhodesia had its own flag, with horizontal stripes of red, white, and green from top to bottom, and a vertical black stripe along the hoist side. The bird statue was positioned at the top of the black stripe. When the country gained independence and changed to the name Zimbabwe, the current flag was adopted.
Before becoming Zimbabwe Rhodesia, the nation was known simply as Rhodesia, an was a British colony, using a flag with the British Union Jack.
Last Updated On : January 19, 2013