Mexicans honor their country’s flag on February 24, which is the date in 1821 when the end of the War of Independence was signed.
And is a very serious matter for Mexicans.
Paulina Rubio, known as the Queen of Latin Pop was fined in 2008 after she posed with the flag wrapped around her naked body in a Mexican flag in the Spanish edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. The Federal Interior Department fined her for desecrating a patriotic symbol with a fine of 52.600 pesos -US$4.900; euros 3.340-, according to the report from the daily Mexican newspaper Excelsior.
Although the versión of the flag we know was adopted in 1968, the flag of Mexico has been in use since 1821 and several other flags were in place before the present national flag came into being.
But something that has to test the spent of time is its colours:
And although the meanings were a little bit different than they are today, the colour green represents the struggle and the attainment of Independence and also for hope and fertility of the soil. On the other hand, the white stripe symbolizes purity and the unity and goodness of the Roman catholic. Finally, the red stripe represents freedom fighters who shed their blood fighting for the independence of the nation.
The flag of Mexico has three vertical stripes in green, white, and red, with the national coat of arms charged in the centre of the white stripe.
There was a time when the colours were displayed as diagonal stripes, the order was not the same as it is today and there was a crown at the centre of the flag to signify the transition to the first Mexican empire ruled by Agustin Iturbide. Then there was another with the same colours in vertical stripes, with a front-facing golden eagle with outstretched wings devours a snake in the centre of the flag. And later in 1916, President Venustiano Carranza issued a decree stating that the official coat of arms would show the eagle in profile, with its wings spread and devouring a rattlesnake, and the legend “United Mexican States.” But the central emblem is the Mexican coat of arms, based on the Aztec symbol for Tenochtitlan -now Mexico City-, the centre of the Aztec Empire. It recalls the legend of an eagle sitting on a cactus while devouring a serpent that signalled to the Aztecs where to found their city, Tenochtitlan.
This coat of arms today is a symbol of pride for Mexicans, with laurel branches that depict glory and prestige.
Several modifications have taken place in the Mexican coat of arms, including amendments in its extent and diameter or breadth. The Mexican coat of arms, on the other hand, has remained constant: an eagle seated on top of a prickly pear cactus, holding a serpent in its talon; on the gravel is alighted a cactus.
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