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50th Anniversary of the Independence The Four Stripes: When Three Continents Meet in a Luxuriant Natural Setting

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The national flag is a piece of fabric that bears the colors and symbols of a nation. The Mauritian flag is known as The Four Stripes. It comprises of four equal horizontal stripes: red, blue, yellow and green. Created by Gurudutt Moher 50 years ago, the national flag was adopted on March 12, 1968, the day Mauritius became an independent nation.

Mauritians rally behind their national flag for major events. Tied to a flagpole, it unfolds flows and symbolically narrates the story and the origins of a rainbow nation.

The first stripe of the national flag is red. Red refers to the blood shed by slaves who came from Madagascar but also Senegal, Guinea and East Africa --- the anonymous builders of the nation. At a time when all the tasks relied heavily on muscle strength, they either volunteered or were voluntold to unearth what would have remained an unaccomplished project or dream. Fortunately, slavery belongs to the past. The red blood which was shed, calls for remembrance and blends with the less painful red of the so-called ‘Flamboyants’ trees ---which remind us every year that Christmas is here --- or the dreamlike tropical sunsets. Red. A warm color that reminds us of a never-ending summer.

Then comes blue. The blue Mauritian sky, the blue of the Indian Ocean with its nuances and shades, which placed the country on the world tourism map. Blue the color of peace, calmness, serenity and the freshness of an island, which has become over time, a melting pot.

Yellow: Warmth and Sunshine

Yellow is the third color on the national flag. Obviously, it symbolizes warmth and the sunshine, which bathes the island, but also, the warmth and hospitality, which depict the island as a tourist destination.

A joyful color, yellow calls for joy, tonus, softness but also energy, wealth, lushness, intelligence and the dynamism of Mauritian genius from 1968 to date.

Green is the last stripe on the national flag of Mauritius. Green speaks directly to the country’s natural setting, the sugarcane fields which once were the pillars of the economy of the island. Over and above the fact that green represents, nature, freshness, balance, it also symbolizes optimism, the youth, calmness, happiness, energy, harmony, success and serenity. Green is also a new component of the tourism industry with the discovery of the inland Mauritius through trails and hiking. 

Three of the four colors of the Mauritian national flag are primary colors: red, blue and yellow. All three recount the story of a population whose ancestry comes from three different continents. Green is a secondary color --- a mixture of blue and yellow. Green embodies the unique blending of cultures --- which highlights the cultural wealth and Mauritian identity.