The Papua New Guinea National Flag was adopted On July 1, 1971, and the country gained independence from Australia On September 16, 1975. The Flag Of Papua New Guinea was designed by a 15-year-old Girl Named Susan Karike Huhume, who won the national flag design competition. Papua New Guinea is an island country in the Pacific Ocean.
In 1884, the Southern Half of the island was ruled by British authority and the Northern half of the country was ruled by Germany and became a colony, known as German New Guinea. In 1905, The British gave authority to Australia to administer the Southern half of the country following the “Papua Act”. In 1914, during WWI, the Australians managed to capture the Northern half from the Germans and occupy it.
At the time of independence, The Australian administration proposed a vertical tricolor National Flag Of Papua New Guinea with blue, yellow and green bands but Papua New Guinea authority decline it. The alternative proposal attributed to Susan Karike was chosen for the Flag Of Papua New Guinea.
Design And Meaning Of The Flag
The Papua New Guinea Flag is divided diagonally from the top to the hoist to the bottom of the fly. The upper triangle of the Papua New Guinea National Flag is red with a soaring yellow bird of paradise centered. The lower triangle is black with five, white, five-pointed stars of the Southern Cross constellation centered.
Black, red and yellow is traditional colors that are found in Papua New Guinean art and clothing. The yellow bird of the flag is a stylized bird of paradise, is culturally significant to Papua New Guineans and in full flight, it represents freedom and the country’s birth as an independent nation.
The five stars on the National Flag Of Papua New Guinea symbolize the constellation of the Southern Cross, representing the stars Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon, which is smaller because it doesn’t shine as brightly as the other stars. The Southern Cross on the Flag Of Papua New Guinea represents the country’s geographical position in the world and its link to Australia, which also incorporates the Southern Cross on its flag.
Some Information About Flag:
In Which Year, The National Flag Is Adopted?
Ans: On July 1, 1971
What Are The Colours of The Flag?
Ans: Red, White, Black, Gold
Who Is The Designer of The Flag?
Ans: Susan Karike Huhume