The flag of the Bahamas consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width – the top and bottom stripes are aquamarine or light blue, while the middle stripe is yellow. In the center of the flag, there is a black equilateral triangle with three horizontal stripes of aquamarine, gold, and aquamarine.
The aquamarine color represents the sea that surrounds the Bahamas, which is an important part of the country’s geography and culture. The yellow stripe represents the golden sands of the Bahamas’ beaches, while the black triangle represents the Bahamian people, who are primarily of African descent. The three stripes in the triangle represent the country’s three main islands – New Providence, Grand Bahama, and Abaco.
The current design of the Bahamian flag was adopted on July 10, 1973, after the Bahamas gained independence from the United Kingdom. The design was chosen from a national competition that attracted over 800 entries.