Royal blue background with two red horizontal borders; one top border runs horizontally across the top from left to right and one bottom border runs across the bottom (baseline ) from left to right. Embellished in the center of the flag is the coat of arms: a white, filled in circle bordered by a green, circular, garland flowing in a clockwise direction.
The coat of arms features:
1. A mahogany tree: the first European settlers in Belize became mahogany traders and the mahogany trade was once the economical backbone of the colony.
2. Two woodcutters, the one on the left holding an axe and the one on the right holding a paddle (rivers were the mode of transportation for getting cut logwood back to the settlement; the logwood cutters found themselves paddling further up stream to find fresh logwood areas).
3. A shield showing the tools of the mahogany trade including a paddle, squaring axe, beating axe, saw and ship (Most of the Mahogany was shipped to Great Britain where it was in much demand for creating fine furniture).
4. A flowing scroll bearing the Latin motto “sub umbra floreo”, meaning “under the shade I flourish”, or/and implying “under the shade of the mahogany tree we flourish”.
Belize’s politics operate primarily on a two-party system. The blue of the flag is the party color of the People’s United Party (PUP) and the red of the flag is color of the United Democratic Party (UDP). The PUP was in power at the time of independence (Sept 21st 1981) and naturally their color is dominate on the flag. However, a bi-partisan committee for the designation of the official flag of Belize real estate, which included representatives of the UDP agreed to or rather compromised to include the red horizontal stripes to represent UDP. The flag has been accepted and embraced by all Belizeans and remains the National Flag of Belize.
Coat of Arms
The coat of arms basic features: a mahogany tree, two woodcutters, a shield, and a flowing scroll all encircled by a green, circular, garland flowing in a clockwise direction.
United Democratic Party
Belize Flags – These are the rallying colors of the United Democratic Party (UDP). Always seen on parades or political rallies alongside the Belize Flag.
People’s United Party
Belize Flags – The People’s United Party (PUP) would rally under these colors (pre-independence). Nowadays the PUP would just as soon rally under the colors of the Official flag of Belize.
Heart – Belize Love