Today everybody's Irish. In keeping with the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, people have donned green and drank green. Heads fill with images of shamrocks and leprechauns. But it's quite likely only those with green blood coursing through their veins will be waving the tri-colour flag of Ireland in true patriot pride.
The recent Olympics are the epitome of a nation's flag symbolizing the patriotism of the people. Watching yours rise highest above the podium, accompanied by the national anthem in honour of gold-winning athletes, strikes a unifying chord across the country.
The flag is a symbolic representation of that nation and its denizens. The colours themselves often carry meaning. For example the courage, revolution, hardiness and valour typified by red; the
freedom, vigilance, perseverance, justice, prosperity and peace of blue; sun, wealth, and justice for yellow. Groupings too can be significant — red, white and blue being a representation of revolution and freedom; or of an area — red, yellow and green being the colours of the Pan-African nations.
Images on the flag can be a coat-of-arms or symbolize something distinctive. For example, there is one star for each state on the American flag. The bold maple leaf in the centre of the Canadian flag celebrates that country's nature and environment. The five stars on the Chinese flag represent the relationship between the unity of the people under the Communist Party of China.
Here then is a clipart collections showcasing flags from around the world. a virtual tour of national pride.
iCLIPART.com International Flags