Mexico: Flag                                                                  

  • The Mexican Flag is a red, white, and green. The red symbolizes the blood that was shed during the battles for independence. The white symbolizes purity. The green symbolizes the fertility of the earth.

  • In the center there is an eagle eating a rattlesnake while standing with its left claw upon a nopal cactus. There is a half circle of green oak (enciño) on the left that symbolizes strength and there are laurel branches on the right that symbolize victory. The eagle eating a snake while perched upon a cactus is a symbol that comes from an ancient Aztec legend which the Aztec people say they were told by Huitzilopochtli (their God). Their God told them that to find their promised land, they should find the place where an eagle landed on a nopal cactus while eating a snake. After wandering for hundreds of years, they finally found the eagle on a small swampy island in Lake Texcoco. In 1325, this new Aztec home was named Tenochtitlan (meaning "place of the nopal cactus") which is now called Mexico City.

  • This flag was first used in 1968 and was a variation on an earlier flag first used in 1821.