The national symbols of Spain include the flag, coat of arms, motto, anthem and three animals. The flag of the country consists of three horizontal bands of red, yellow and red with the coat of arms set left of center.
The Spanish coat of arms consists of a shield bearing the arms of the six historical kingdoms of Spain: Castile, León, Aragon, Navarre, Granada and Bourbon. Flanking the shield on either side are the Pillars of Hercules, as the Strait of Gibraltar is classically known. The motto of Spain, "Plus ultra," is on a ribbon winding around the pillars. One small crown tops each pillar, representing the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Emperor and the Crown of Spain, which is duplicated larger above the shield.
The national anthem of Spain is "Himno Nacional Español," while the national animals of the country are the bull, Spanish imperial eagle and Iberian lynx.Learn More
Historically, a bandana placed in a back pocket indicated that the wearer was gay, or what is now called a member of the GLBTQ community. The bandana code originated in the 1970s at a time when gay men needed to be circumspect about their sexuality.Full Answer >
According to Joy's Florist, the alstromeria flower symbolizes friendship and devotion. Named after Baron Claus von Alstromer, alstromeria flowers range in colors that include lavender, white, orange and pink. The flower's leaves grow upside down, and the bottoms twist and face upwards, symbolizing the twists and turns of friendship.Full Answer >
The bald eagle is a native large bird species in the United States that stands for courage, strength and freedom. Although the bald eagle received unofficial recognition as the national bird of the U.S. on June 20, 1782, it was not until 6 years later that it would finally receive official recognition as the country's national bird.Full Answer >
The finch symbolizes happiness, diversity and energy. The vulnerability of a finch in the wild is played off in literature, particularly in as the last name of the main family in "To Kill a Mockingbird."Full Answer >