Three horizontal stripes of equal width characterize the flag of Paraguay. Red on the top and bottom and white in the middle. In the center of the white stripe is the country’s coat of arms. The coat of arms features a yellow five-pointed star surrounded by a green wreath of palm and olive branches. A blue ribbon ties it together. Below the wreath is a scroll with the national motto “Paz y Justicia” (Peace and Justice) inscribed. The colors red and white symbolize courage and purity, while the star represents independence and freedom. The green represents hope and ambition for a prosperous future.