Vanuatu is the host country for World Day of Prayer 2021. Here’s an opportunity to learn about this country.
At the first South Pacific Games in 1963 a team from the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu, displayed a flag of blue-yellow-white vertical stripes with a central emblem. Later, political parties developed flags of their own. In 1977, one of these, a flag of almost the same colours and symbolism as the future national flag was designed by local artist Kalontas Malon and adopted by the Vanuatu Party. Following minor modifications, it was hoisted as the national flag on Independence Day.
It’s quiz time now.
- What year was Vanuatu’s independence?
- The Y shape on the flag represents …
- Youth of Vanuatu
- The opening to the Jordan River, Vanuatu’s largest river
- Shape of islands forming Vanuatu
- The middle initial of the first independent prime minister
- What animal is represented in the flag emblem?
- The green colour on the flag represents
- Lush island vegetation
- Wings of the red-bellied fruit dove
- None of the above
- Which leaves are represented on the flag emblem?
- Harpullia tree
- Cyclad (namele)
- Carpoxyla tree
- The yellow colour on the flag represents
- Colonial settlers
- Light of the gospel streaming among the islands
- The 39 leaflets on the two crossed leaves stand for
- The number of volcanic mountain ranges existing on the Vanuatu islands.
- The number of islands making up Vanuatu
- The year that Vanuatu’s first prime minister, Father Walter Lini, was born
- The number of parliament seats
Answers: b, c, b, a, b, d, d
Other information about the Vanuatu flag: Black represents the Melanesian people that originally settled in the islands. Red symbolizes blood of the boar and warriors.