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NEW MEXICO STATE FLAG

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$26.70

Our U.S. States flags are made of 100% nylon. State flags are finished with a strong canvas header and brass grommets for indoor/outdoor use.


INDOOR/OUTDOOR NEW MEXICO STATE FLAGS are:

  • Digitally printed on the same 200 denier nylon fabric as our U.S. state flags.
  • Finished with a strong canvas heading and 2 brass grommets
  • Official state specifications
  • Double sided. 3’x5′ size

New Mexico State Flag

Description

The simple and meaningful design features an interpretation of an ancient symbol of the sun as found on a late 19th century water jar from Zia Pueblo. This red symbol is called a “Zia” and is centered on a field of yellow. The red and yellow colors on the New Mexico state flag are the colors of Isabel of Castilla brought to the continent by the Spanish Conquistadors.

Meaning

Four is the sacred number of the Zia and can be found repeated in the four points radiating from the circle. The number four is embodied in the four points of the of the compass, North, East, South and West; in the four seasons of the year Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter; in the 24 hours of each day by sunrise, noon, evening and night; by four seasons of life, childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. The Zia also believed that with life came four sacred obligations: development of a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit and devotion to the welfare of people/family. All of these things are bound together within the circle of life.

History

In 1920, it was the Daughters of the American Revolution that pushed New Mexico to consider and design a contemporary and unique flag. A contest to design the New Mexico state flag was then won by Harry Mera of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the symbol used on the flag of New Mexico. The symbol in red on a field of bright yellow, is the Zia Sun symbol found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th-century pot. This symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia, as four is a sacred number. Four symbolizes the Circle of Life, the four directions, the four times of day, the four stages of life and the four seasons. Joining these four is a circle, which binds all these elements together. His design is still used to this very day.

 

source:hsnm.org