Flag of Argentina
What does the colours of the Argentinian flag mean?
There are several interpretations regarding the use of light blue (cerulean) and white stripes that identify the national flag of Argentina.
It was designed and first raised by General Manuel Belgrano in the early days of 1812 during the War of Independence against Spanish domination.
It's believed he was inspired by the colours of the Argentinian cockade (rosette) instituted by decree by the government - First Triumvirate - the same year and named it the National Cockade of the United Provinces of the River Plate.
Those colours were used by the Criollos during the May Revolution in 1810.
According to popular legend, Belgrano chose light blue and white to reflect the colours of the sky and clouds.
To historians, the colours were chosen from the coat of arms of the House of Bourbon or devotion to virgin Mary.
Initially, the flag made by Belgrano wasn't approved by the government. A year later - 1813- the Second Triumvirate (that replaced the First Triumvirate) authorized its use as a war flag.
However, the sun in the middle - known as Sun of May - wasn't added until 1818.
It was declared the National flag of Argentina by the Congress of Tucuman in 1816, shortly after the declaration of independence.
Argentina celebrates the Dia de la Bandera (day of the flag) on June 20th, commemorating the death of General Manuel Belgrano - June 20th, 1820.
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