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Acting PM explains symbolism behind the 23 Flag designs

June 10, 2015 7:00 pm

The Fiji blue represents peace and serenity and the dark blue stands for prosperity, trust and dignity.

Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum shed some light on the concepts for the 23 shortlisted flag designs.

“The Fiji blue, was you can see is a very strong presence which provides the continuity and many people are very endeared to the Fiji blue as we call it or the noble banner blue as on our flag, it represents peace, serenity, freedom as well as of course the Pacific Oceans and it shows solidarity with all other island nation states. Yellow represents radiance, light, sustenance and a new beginning, it recalls the Sun, Fiji’s place as the land of the first rising sun. Dark blue stands for peace, prosperity, trust, dignity and intelligence.”

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These options were put together by the 13-member flag committee who were inspired by more than 1400 submissions received in a national flag competition which ran from the 2nd of March to the 1st of May…

“The Red represents passion, strength and energy of the Fijian people, the Sun symbolizes a new day, hope and it recalls Fiji’s place as the land of the first rising sun and its tropical location, it represents also its health, light, life and energy as well as the warmth of the Fijian people. The triangle signifies Fiji moving forward together as one people.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says the designs are representative of all Fijians and should represent Fiji’s proud status as a modern and independent nation..

" The star represents guidance, navigation and direction and they symbolize the gallantry of the Fijian people. 3 represents the 3 independent arms of government as a strong and vibrant democracy under our constitution which of course consists of the executive, the judiciary and the legislature. Seven is a number that symbolizes a good omen for many Fijians. The Tagimoucia represents blessings, courage and peace."

Members of the public now have the opportunity to contribute their preference and feedback on the flag choices by the 30th of June.

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