The National Flag
The Jamaica National Flag is the proudest symbol of Jamaican independent Jamaica, the first symbol of the new nation seen at seconds after midnight on August 6, 1962, when green, gold and black flag was raised at the national stadium, replace the British flag – the red, white and blue Union Jack.
The Flag was designed prior to August 6 by bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives designed the Jamaican Flag.
The interpretation of the colors are: Green- represents hope and agricultural resources, Gold – the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight, and Black – the strength and creativity of the Jamaican people. Together the three colors depict: “The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative.
The National Fruit
The Ackee, a popular component of the Jamaican national dish, “ackee and saltfish” is the national fruit of Jamaica, but importantly a fruit that must be cooked before it is eaten.
The fruit is representative of the slave era in Jamaica, as it imported to the island in the 17th century, believed to be on a ship. The yellow fruit encased in a red-pod grows, is edible (cooked) when the pod opens on the tree. It grows across in abundance, and beside a main dish for Jamaicans at home is processed and exported in a canned form to Jamaican communities internationally.
Ackee is a very delicious fruit and when boiled and cooked with seasoning and salt fish or salt pork, and is considered one of Jamaica’s greatest delicacies.
The National Bird
The doctor bird or swallow tail humming bird, is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of hummingbirds and lives only in Jamaica. These birds’ beautiful feathers have no counterpart in the entire bird population.
For years the doctor bird has been immortalized in Jamaican folklore and song. According to Jamaican lore the swallow tail humming bird was named the ‘Docitor Bird’ by Jamaicans years ago because the erect black crest and tails resemble the top hat and long tail coats doctors used to wear in the old days. Another version of the lore is that the birds received the nick name because of the way they seem to ‘inject’ several species of flowers as they extract their nectar.