New Mexico Pride
Did you know that the New Mexico flag is one of four state flags that does not contain the color blue? Props to you if you can name the other three!
I think most of you know that the New Mexico State flag has a symbol on it that's called the Zia symbol. And maybe a lot of you even know all the symbolism behind it. But if you don't, here is your chance to impress your friends and confound your enemies!
Our unique flag was submitted and accepted in 1925 and was designed by Harry P Mera. He was an archaeologist and had seen the symbol on a pot from the Zia Pueblo. He used the royal colors of Spain (red and yellow) to create the beautiful, meaningful flag that we have today.
I love our New Mexican flag and I love it even more now that I know the symbolism behind it. Not only does it symbolize the sun, but each line has a meaning. Each section and each line symbolizes the sacred number of the Zia. The number four was sacred because it signified the circle of life.
The four sections of the flag represent the four directions (north, east, west, and south), the four times of day (dawn, daylight, dusk, and dark), the four seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter), and the four stages of life (infancy, youth, adulthood, and old age).
There is one additional meaning I've heard, and I can't verify if this is completely true, but it sounds great. The four sections signify the Zia’s belief in the four sacred life obligations: to have a strong physical body, a pure spirit, a clear mind, and a desire to help others. If we have those things or if we don't, I think we can all agree that's a good goal to strive for.
I'm glad that I am native to a state who's flag symbolizes the sun and also means “Perfect Friendship.” What a great state!