Bolivia Celebrates National Flag Day

17 Aug 2019  Sat

Every year, Bolivia celebrates its national flag day on 17th August which commemorates the creation of the first Bolivian flag and crest.

Bolivia – officially the Plurinational State of Bolivia – is a landlocked country located in the continent of South America. Bolivia was a part of the Inca Empire which was taken over by Spain and made it a Spanish Colony. After the first call for independence in 1809, 16 years of war followed before the establishment of the Republic.

On 17th Aug 1825, 11 days after Bolivia declared its independence from Spain, the first Bolivian flag and crest were created. The state flag is a horizontal tricolor of red, yellow and green with the Bolivian coat of arms in the center.

The red band represents "represents the blood; shed by Bolivian heroes for the birth and preservation of the Republic. The yellow band symbolizes the country’s rich natural resources, and the green band stands for Bolivia’s lush, unspoiled beauty.

Though Bolivia celebrates Flag Day on 17th August commemorating creation of the first Bolivian, the Flag was officially adopted on 31st October 1851. On 5th November 1951, Bolivia Post issued a set of 6 stamps celebrating the Adoption of Bolivia's national flag.

The stamps were issued with the denominations ranging from 2 Bolivian bolivianos to 30 Bolivian bolivianos. The stamps depict the highlighted national flag being flown by an eagle with a landscape of Bolivia in the background.

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