Like the United States, Mexico has a special day to celebrate its flag.

Dia de la Bandera “Flag Day,” is celebrated on February 24 throughout Mexico. The flag is raised in each place and each school with extended ceremonies just to celebrate this date. 

Flag Day has been celebrated since 1940, when President Lazaro Cardenas declared February 24 as a national holiday.

The Mexican flag holds a lot of importance and significance among its population and it has great pride.

If you’ve ever been to or near Mexico, you may have noticed the flag raised somewhere. With its strong colors; green white and red. Each color has its meaning and a great story that precedes over the years.


The green color on the flag signifies independence. On February 24, 1821, Vicente Guerrero and Agustin de Iturbide signed the Plan of Iguala, which stipulated the end of the Mexican War of Independence. At the same time, green can mean hope.


This color symbolizes the Catholic religion, which years ago was a crucial part of the identity of Mexico. However, white can also be interpreted as unity.


The red means the union of all Mexicans before wars, however, it is more characteristic to recognize it as the blood of Mexican heroes.

Coat of arms:

This is the national symbol of Mexico found in the white section of the flag. This symbol goes beyond the idea of Mexico, where legend has it that the god of war told his people to look for an eagle devouring a snake on top of a cactus. When they did, that was where they would establish a new city. This means patriotism on the part of the people.

Flag Day celebrates not only Mexico’s past but perseverance and all that has been accomplished to this day. It represents all Mexicans with pride; every year, on February 24, it is held high to glorify it.

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Natalia Arreola
Natalia Arreola is a New Mexico State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology. She works at El Paso Inc. as Audience Development & Engagement Manger. Natalia has been working on different projects as an editor, including Chrysalis, The Papagayo Project, Memorias del Silencio, and more. Natalia’s goal is to get her master’s degree in either Publishing or Editing to apply to larger publishing companies. And maybe one day, she can publish her own book. Her passion has always been between books and writing to find a way to understand this world and life.