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Even though the first national flag of Mexico was established in 1821, after wining the war for independence from Spain, many historians consider the Standard of the Virgin of Guadalupe to be the first Mexican Flag.
On the September 16, 1810 father Miguel Hidalgo carried the Standard of the Virgin of Guadalupe and made a speech that invited all the Mexicans to unite, to rebel against the Spanish rule and to gain their independence.
In short he said: “My friends and countrymen it is time to fight for our freedom and to be free from tyranny. Our goal is holy and God will protect it. Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe and long live independence!”
From that day on the Standard became the most important and recognizable symbol of the rebel army during the Mexican war for independence. This is why many consider the Standard of Virgin of Guadalupe to be the first flag of Mexico.
The first national and official flag of Mexico was chosen by the imperial government in 1821 after wining the war for independence. The flag of the Mexican Empire was a rectangle divided into three vertical stripes of identical measures.
It consisted of three colors: green, white and red and the national coat of arms that is positioned in the center of the flag.
On August 18th 1823 Constitutional Congress designed flag of the Mexican Republic which was around the same time when the first Mexican Republic was established.
The tricolor pattern of green, white and red was reused but of course the crown was removed from the eagle’s head and certain additions were made such as branch of oak and branches of laurel.
In 1864 the Mexican republic was abolished as well as its flag.
On July 16th 1864 the flag of the Second Mexican Empire was designed and established by the Maximilian I of Mexico.
Again the traditional Mexican tricolor pattern was reused but the ration was changed from 4:7 to 1:2, coat of arms was redesigned and four eagles were placed at each corner of the flag. Of course they had crowns above their heads.
On June 19th 1867 the Mexican Republic was reestablished and its flag was readopted.
On September 20th 1916 Antonio Gomez designed first flag of the United Mexican States. More precisely he redesigned the coat of arms by changing the eagle from front-facing to side-facing.
On September 16th 1968 the current national flag of Mexico was adopted and confirmed.
The meaning of colors of Mexican flag has been changing over times.
During the first Mexican Empire (1821-1823): Green – Independence, White – Religion, Red – Union. With the birth of Mexican Republic which was in 1823: Green – Hope, White – Purity, Red – Religion. Present Mexico: Green – Hope, White – Union, Red – Blood of the Heroes.
Eagle of the Mexican Flag changed over times as well as the meaning of colors however it “survived” very turbulent history and still stands proudly and represents a central role in Mexican coat of arms.
The fact that Mexicans are very proud nation and love their flag is best represented by monumental flags that are placed across Mexico in cites that are of great significance to Mexicans. These flags are truly monumental and the biggest one has a pole of 300 feet (100m) of height and it measures around 150 by 80 feet.
Also, the fact that tattoos of the Mexican flag are very popular in Mexico, and among Mexicans living outside of Mexico is another example of how much Mexicans respect and love their flag.
Mexican coat of Arms (the eagle on the Mexican national flag devouring the snake) is derived from an old Aztec legend.
The Aztecs were wandering in what is now modern state of Mexico in search of a perfect place where to build the most beautiful and the biggest city there is.
At one point they were told by their gods to build a city in the place where they spot an eagle and a serpent.
After many years of wandering they found the promised sign on a small island in the lake Texcoco and they founded their new capitol, the Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City).
The Coat of Arms of Mexico depicts a Mexican Golden Eagle perched upon a prickly pear cactus devouring a snake. The cactus is situated on a rock that rises above a lake.
The central figure of the Mexican Coat of Arms is the Golden Eagle which is considered to be the Mexican Eagle and it is the official bird of Mexico.
The eagle on the Mexican flag represents the Mexican people; as the eagle is always prepared for the combat and the challenges so are the Mexican people. Mexican people are brave and honorable and they would always face the danger and never run a way from it.
The snake on the Mexican flag that the eagle is devouring represents evil and all of the Mexican enemies. The fact that the Mexican eagle is devouring the snake (Mexican enemies) means that the Mexican people will always prevail over their enemies.
The cactus represents Mexico's challenges, troubles and turmoil however the eagle defiantly standing on them means that the Mexican people would always overcome any challenge that is placed in front of them and that they would always be victorious.
The rock and the water represent the Mexican origin and the Mexican land and sea, which are protected by the glorious Mexican eagle (Mexican people).
The branch of oak and the laurel branches represent victory and the martyrdom of the fallen heroes that have given their lives for Mexico.
Did you know that one of the most printed flag of all printable flags that are available on line is the Mexican flag?
Do you know why this is so?
The main reason for this is because Mexicans are very emotionally attached to their national flag.
They love and adore their flag which is why, among other things, they print it a lot and keep it in many different places.
Also, one of the most popular Mexican tattoos is the Mexican flag tattoo; Mexicans have the national holiday dedicated to their flag (Mexican Flag Day); Mexicans have the biggest monumental flags in the world that are placed throughout the Mexico and there is a special civil oath to the Mexican flag.
To the Mexican people their flag represents many things and some of them are: independence, purity, fallen heroes, hope, strength, pride, unity, religion, etc.
In other words, the Mexican flag represents the most important things in life, to the Mexican people, which is why it is no wonder that they love to have their flag in their houses, cars, at their work places, or tattooed onto their bodies.
And the best and the cheapest way to obtain the Mexican flag is to go on line and look for the printable Mexican flag and print it for free.
Mexicans that live in the United States and other countries in the world are especially sensitive when it comes to their national pride and their homeland.
This is why they very often have the symbols of the traditional Mexican culture and Mexican pride, such as the Mexican flag, in one form or the other.
Now you probably better understand why the Mexican flag is one of the most printed in the world and why Mexicans love, respect and adore their national flag.
Mexicans are very proud of their flag and they love it and respect it very much.
For all of the Mexican people the Mexican flag represents the freedom, unity, strength, hope, religion, and many other important things that make this life so special.
Mexicans show their respect to the Mexican flag in more than one ways.
First, there is a Mexican holiday dedicated to the Mexican flag (Mexican Flag Day). Second, Mexicans have the special civil oath to their flag.
Third, there are huge monumental Mexican flags across the Mexico that are placed at the most important cites in Mexico, and finally one of the most popular Mexican tattoos is the Mexican flag tattoo.
Everything numbered above makes it evident that Mexican flag is not just an official symbol of the Mexico but also an important part of the Mexican culture. Also, Mexican people don’t just respect their national flag but they truly love it and even adore it.
It is for this reason that Mexican flags can bee seen in all of the Mexican homes, offices, and even cars.
There is no Mexican that doesn’t have a Mexican flag in his or her house or at least a Mexican flag picture in his or her car.
This is especially the case with the Mexicans that live outside the Mexico like the Mexican people living in the United States.
No matter where they are, Mexicans always feel Mexican and they are proud of their origin. This is why the Mexican flag is very popular even beyond the Mexican borders and why the Mexican flag tattoo is one of the most popular among the Mexican Americans.
There are numerous pictures of the Mexican flag as well as the numerous variations of it, but there is only one official Mexican flag and its picture you can see above.
Not that many Mexican flag pictures are this powerful!
There are numerous pictures of the Mexican flag and most of them are very interesting.
However, there is one picture of the Mexican flag that is so powerful that leaves no one indifferent.
This picture captured the very nature of the Mexican people, Mexican pride, Mexican greatness and Mexican power.
The most amazing thing about this picture is the fact that by looking at this picture you actually feel very close to how you would feel if you were standing in front of (underneath) one of the monumental Mexican flags that are places across the Mexico.
That feeling cannot be explained by words and this picture is the second best thing to standing in front of the monumental Mexican flag.
It is no wonder why the Mexican build the monumental flags and why they love and respect their national flag.
As one Mexican friend of mine told me: "There is no Mexican that doesn't have the image of his beloved ones and the Mexican flag in his heart".
The national flag is an important symbol for any country that has one.
However, for Mexican people the flag of Mexico is much more than just a symbol of their country and nationality.
For Mexicans their flag is a symbol of unity, hope, religion, purity, courage, strength, justice, beauty, fallen heroes, power, independence, pride, etc.
The fact that Mexicans adore and respect their flag is best represented by the monumental flags that are placed across the Mexico.
Also, Mexicans have the national holiday that is dedicated to their flag, the tattoo of the Mexican flag is one of the most frequent Mexican tattoos, and they have the special civil oath to their flag.
The biggest flag of Mexico has a pole of 300 feet of height and it measures around 150 by 80 feet. There are many other monumental flags that are places at the most important cites in Mexico so that everybody can pay their respect to their beloved flag.
Another fact that represents how much Mexicans care about their national flag is that they know everything about it; including the exact way that it looks, all of its details as well as what every detail represents, the history of their flag, and everything else there is to know about it.
On the other side people of many other countries have very modest, if any knowledge of their flag and what it represents. The history of the Mexican national flag is as exiting and rich as the history of Mexico.
Throughout the Mexican history the Mexican flag has been changed or modified many times. The only thing that was consistent was the colors of the flag (green, red and white) however the meaning of the colors varied.
Anyways, the Mexican flag tattoos are one of the most popular Mexican tattoos, among Mexicans that live in Mexico as well as those that live beyond the Mexican borders, due to everything that is said above.
Great way for you children to get familiar with the traditional Mexican culture and its most important symbols is by drawing and exploring the Mexican flag.
Aside from being educational, drawing the Mexican flag is also a lot of fun for kids.
First thing you should teach your children about the Mexican flag are its colors and what those colors represent.
Meaning of colors of Mexican flag has been changing over time and that fact alone is significant and educational to share with your children.
For example, during the first Mexican Empire (1821-1823): White - Religion, Green - Independence, Red - Union.
Mexican Republic (1823): Green - Hope, White - Purity, Red - Religion.
Present Mexico: Green - Hope, White - Union, Red - Blood of the Heroes.
For example during the long Mexican history the Catholic religion had great influence on the everyday life in Mexico because the Church representatives had equal and sometimes even bigger power and influence than the Mayor of certain village, town or city.
When the first Mexican Republic was born in 1823 this had changed in most parts of Mexico however the official religion was still the Christianity and the Mexicans that were not Christians were discriminated against on daily basis.
It took almost another 100 years to the Mexican government to put an end to the official discrimination against the non Christians (the Mexican Constitution of the 1917).
This was done by declaring that there is no official religion in Mexico and that there are 64 national languages and not only one (Spanish).
Another thing that is very interesting about the Mexican flag is the Mexican Coat of Arms which is a Mexican Eagle.
The eagle on the Mexican flag represents the strength, justice, courage, greatness, independence, pride, etc.