On the 12th March 1968 the British flag, the Union Jack, symbol of british presence in
On this historic occasion, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Prime Minister, read a message to the nation expressing his gratitude to the people, “who have made it possible for our country to take its rightful place in the comity of nations as a sovereign democratic state”. On the same day at a press conference the Prime Minister said: “Here you find East and West meet”, and the people of
The Mauritian Flag consists of four equal horizontal coloured stripes –
Red, Blue, Yellow, Green. The symbolic meaning of the colours are:
Red: represents the struggle for freedom and independence.
Blue: represents the Indian Ocean in the middle of which
Yellow: represents the new light of independence shining over the island.
Green: represents the Agriculture of Mauritius and its colour throughout the twelve months of the year.
Coat of Arms
The coat of arms of
Additional details from the image:
- the dodo is extincted since the 18th century
- in the first quarter, a ship us symbolizing colonization
- in the second quarter, palm trees represent the country’s tropical vegetation.
In 1968, the well known Mauritian poet, Jean Georges Prosper, MBE, won the National Anthem lyrics competition. The music of the lyrics was composed by Philippe Gentil, MBE, violinist, trumpeter and saxophonist of the Police Band.
The National Anthem lyrics and music:
Glory to thee, Motherland,
O motherland of mine.
Sweet is thy beauty,
Sweet is thy fragrance,
Around thee we gather
As one people,
As one nation,
In peace, justice and liberty.
Beloved country, may God bless thee
For ever and ever.
The national flower of