Malta National Flag
Traditionally, when one thinks of an image that is easily identified with Malta, usually the first one that usually comes to mind is the famous red national flag of Malta with a white cross with four equal arms, each ending in two ends. This symbol is so well-known worldwide that it is often mistakenly thought to be the national standard. But this flag, in fact, represents the cross of San Juan, symbol of the knights of the homonymous order, and is used exclusively by the merchant navy.
Malta Flag Meaning
There is meaning of national flag of Malta the white color on the left and red on the right. The colors corresponded to the coat of arms of the great Count Roger Norman, also called Roger of Sicily.
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In the white strip, in the upper corner closest to the mast, there is the Cruz de San Jorge; Of type Greek (of arms equal in size), of silver profiled in red with Saint George and the dragon surrounded by the motto For gallantry and the initials of King George VI of England. The reason is that this monarch was granted to Malta in 1942 for its unwavering spirit of resistance to the German and Italian bombings during World War II. On September 21, 1964, upon gaining independence, the Maltese entered this flag definitively.
Malta Flag History
The Maltese national flag, in fact, consists of two vertical stripes of the same dimensions; White on the left, and red on the right. The colors correspond to the coat of arms of the great Count Roger Norman, also called Rogelio I of Sicily, who conquered the island to the Muslims in the year 1090. It tells the tradition that the victor warrior tore his banner that was to white squares and reds, and gave a strip to the Maltese for their collaboration in the battle. Hence the symbolism of this flag.
In the white strip, in the upper corner closest to the mast, there is the Cross of St. George, which is of Greek type, silver outlined in red with St. George and the dragon surrounded by the motto For gallantry (to heroism) and Initials of King George VI of England. The reason for the initials of this monarch is because he was the one who granted the cross to Malta in 1942 because of his unwavering spirit of resistance to the German and Italian bombings during World War II. On September 21, 1964, upon gaining independence, the Maltese entered this flag definitively.
Another symbol that you can see in official buildings and documents is the shield, which maintains the colors of the flag, but incorporates a gold mural crown with doors and 8 turrets (although only five are seen) representing the country’s fortresses. The ensemble wraps a garland of two branches (one of palm and one of olive), both tied in its inferior part by a white band with the name Repubblika Ta’Malta.
Last but not least, there is the Maltese anthem, whose name is L-Innu Malti. Composed by the famous local poet Dun Karm Psaila, it was first interpreted in the year 1923, but it happened to be official at the end of the war, in 1945.
Malta Flag Pictures