Flag of Galicia

Galicia
Flag of Galicia.svg
Use State flag IFIS Normal.svg
Proportion 2:3
Adopted May 29, 1984 (Current version)
Design White field with a blue band crossing the flag from the top-left corner to the bottom-right. The State flag also has the coat of arms on top.
Bandeira galega civil.svg
Variant flag of Galicia
Use Civil flag IFIS Alternate.svg
Proportion 2:3
Adopted April 6, 1891
Design White field white with a blue band crossing the flag from the top-left corner to the bottom-right

The flag of Galicia appeared for first time in the 19th century, probably based on the colours of the ancient medieval flags of the Kingdom of Galicia. Originally, the flag was probably a blue St Andrew's Cross over a white field – St Andrew is one of the most popular saints in Galicia. The Coat of Arms of Galicia was actually the former flag of the Kingdom of Galicia. Colors blue, white and gold were always related with Galicia. The chalice and the golden crosses on blue background have been its symbol since medieval times (13C). For some time it was thought that it was based on the flag of the maritime province of Corunna, but today it is known that the design is earlier.

Legend

During the 19th century many thousands of Galicians emigrated to the Americas; A Coruña was the main Galician port from which they departed. Tradition has it that the Galician emigrants thought that the A Coruña naval flag flying on the emigrant ships was actually the flag of Galicia. Therefore, when they arrived to the new world they started flying the A Coruña naval flag, believing this to be the flag of Galicia. Years later, the flag crossed the Atlantic back to the homeland, where it was officially adopted as the new flag of Galicia.

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