Flag of French Polynesia
The flag of French Polynesia was adopted in 1984 and officially recognized by the French Republic. Symbol of freedom, recognition and rallying for Polynesians people, it marks the identity of the Country.
It is composed of three horizontal bands (red, white and red) with the coat of arms of the Country in the center of the white band, drawn by Alfred Chalons:
- the Polynesian double pirogue
(front view): emblem of people of the sea, essential for fishing, transport and communication between islands.
- the five tikis
: which represent the 5 archipelagos
(Society, Tuamotu, Gambiers, Australs and Marquesas).
- the red color
: refers to maro ura, the red feather belt that only members of the royal family
were allowed to wear.
- the rays of the sun
: symbol of life.
- the waves
: symbol of wealthness of the sea.