The flag of Barbados features a blue background with a trident in the center. The trident is made up of three prongs, which represent the three principles of democracy – government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The trident is surrounded by a golden-yellow circle with two golden-yellow bands on either side.
The blue color on the flag represents the sea and the sky, which are important elements of the Barbadian landscape and culture. The golden-yellow color represents the sand of the island’s beaches and the sun, which is an important part of Barbadian life. The trident is a national symbol of Barbados and is featured on the country’s coat of arms.
The current design of the Barbadian flag was adopted on November 30, 1966, when Barbados gained independence from the United Kingdom. The design was chosen from a national competition that attracted over a thousand entries.