The National Flag of Dominica
The flag of the Commonwealth of Dominica consists of a circular emblem of red bearing a Sisserou parrot (Amazona imperialis) standing on a twig encircled by ten lime green stars. This is superimposed on three vertical and three horizontal stripes of yellow, black and white forming a triple coloured cross against a general background of forest green.
- The central emblem presents the National Bird of Dominica, the Sisserou parrot, also a symbol of flight toward greater heights and fulfillment of aspiration.
- The Parrot also comes from the Dominica Coat of Arms, thus symbolising the official Seal of the country.
- The ten lime green stars- the traditional symbol of hope –represent the ten parishes of the country, each with equal status, thus the equality of our people.
- The red central emblem symbolises Dominica’s commitment to social justice.
- The yellow, black and white stripes from a triple coloured cross representing the Trinity of God.
- The cross itself demonstrates belief in God since the Commonwealth of Dominica is founded upon the principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God.
- The yellow stripe represents the sunshine of our land, our main agricultural produce: Citrus and Bananas; and is also a symbol of the Carib and Arawak people, the first inhabitants of the Island.
- The White stripe represents the clarity of our rivers and waterfalls and the purity of aspiration of our people.
- The black stripe represents the rich black soil of our island on which our agriculture is based as well as our African heritage.
- The general background of dark green symbolizes our rich verdant forest and the general lushness.