The Panama flag is the flag of the country named Panama. The flag of the Republic of Panama is a rectangle that is divided into four quarters.
The colors used in the flag of Panama are red, white, and blue. There are two white rectangles, one blue rectangle (in the lower hoist position), and one red rectangle (diagonal from the blue rectangle), with a red and a blue star in the white quarters (blue in the top, hoist position). The Panama flag’s height is two-thirds the length.
The white in the flag represents peace. The blue star is symbolic of purity and honesty, and it also represents the Conservative party.
The red star stands for authority and law, and it also represents the Liberal party of Panama.
Manuel Amador Guerrero, Panama’s first President, did not accept the first flag designed in 1903.
The flag designed in that time consisted of 13 horizontal red and yellow stripes, with a blue canton holding two golden suns.
A narrow line represented the oceans uniting by way of the Panama Canal.
Though it was denied, Varilla’s wife, Philippe-Jean Bureau, designed that first-ever proposal for a Panamanian flag.
She had taken inspiration from the flag of the United States, with elements that honour other countries, such as 13 stripes for the U.S. and using the colour yellow for Panama’s connection to Colombia and Spain, whose flags both feature red and yellow prominently.
She replaced the stars in the blue canton with two interconnected suns to represent North and South America.
Panama Flag Day
When is Flag Day? On 4th November each year, Panama has a public holiday for Flag Day. This holiday is celebrated on 4th November as it forms a bridge day between Separation Day and Colon Day.
You will see the Panamanian flag-waving and hanging everywhere on Flag day. Flags are displayed on banks, businesses, overpasses, car antenna, anything that can be decorated with a flag. Originally striped in red and yellow, the Panama flag soon looked like it does today.
Panama Flag Meaning
Description of the flag of Panama was officially recorded in 1949 by Law 15. The red, white, and blue design of the flag has a significant meaning to the residents of Panama.
Panama flag is represented the political environment of Panama during the 1920s.
During this period, two principal political parties, the Liberals and the Conservatives, had control of politics and the government, and the red color is meant to represent the Liberal Party, while the blue color is meant to represent the Conservative Party.
The blue star in the upper left corner symbolizes the honesty experienced throughout life in Panama, and the red star in the bottom right corner symbolizes the respect for laws and regulation held by the people of Panama. Finally, the white color is believed to represent purity and peace.
There are variations of the Flag of Panama. Prior to the country’s independence, Panama was a colony of Spain until the early 19th century, and then became a department of Colombia.
During these two periods in the country’s history, Panama was represented by the Spanish flag and the Colombian flag. Panama’s first flag of independence was nearly identical to the current flag.
The design of the first flag had a blue and red rectangle located at the top of the flag and the bottom half was white. As political parties formed post-independence, blue was chosen to represent the Conservative Party.
As a result, the blue color is the bottom left corner. The first flag design was submitted by Madame Bunau-Varilla.
It had 13 horizontal stripes and a blue rectangle in the top left corner, like the US flag. The stripes, however, were red and yellow in color, like the Colombian and Spanish flags of the time.
The suns represented North and South America, while the connecting bar represented Panama between the two continents.
Panama Flag Color Codes
RGB: (210, 16, 52)
CMYK: 0, 0.923, 0.752, 0.176
|Name: Medium Electric Blue|
RGB: (0, 82, 147)
CMYK: 1, 0.442, 0, 0.423
RGB: (255, 255, 255)
CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 0
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Panama is located in continental South America. Panama has 2 neighboring countries. The total length of land borders of Panama is 345 mi/ 555 km. Panama border neighbors and border lengths are: Colombia: 225 km, Costa Rica: 330 km.
3,753,142 people are living in Panama, a country stretching over 29 119 sq. mi/ 75 417 km² (1.43% water).
The population density in Panama is 129 per sq. mi/ 50 people per km². The official language of Panama is Spanish.
The capital city of Panama is Panama City. Panama is a Unitary presidential constitutional republic. The currency in Panama is the Panamanian balboa B/. (PAB), United States dollar $ (USD).
UTC (standard time) in Panama is UTC-05:00 and UTC-05:00 in summer. Panama has the unique two-letter country code, PA (also Internet top-level domain), its three-letter country code is PAN, and its three-digit country code is 591. The calling code for Panama is +57.
Despite the heavy symbolism of Madame Bunau-Varilla’s flag design, it was rejected for appearing too similar to the U.S. flag.
Instead, the President’s family designed the new flag for Panama. First, his son Manuel Encarnacion Amador, who was a recognized, a skillful drawer and talented artist, drew up a sketch which he then gave to Panama’s first First Lady, Maria de la Ossa de Amador.
She made Panama’s flag on November 1, 1903, though the creation of the flag was not without difficulty due to the need to avoid the Colombian army.
Final design for the flag of Panama was adopted on December 20, 1903, and was designed by Panama’s revolutionary leader and first President, Manuel Amador Guerrero.