The national flag of Guyana was officially adopted in May of 1966. It was designed by Whitney Smith, an American vexillologist(a scholar of flags). The flag is known as The Golden Arrowhead. It gets its name from the flag’s design. Guyana is bordered by other countries like Brazil to the south and southwest, Venezuela to the west, and Suriname to the east.
The Guyana flag uniquely features a large green field and two large triangles (one within the other). One red isosceles triangle with a black border on the sides, is located on the hoist edge of the flag and is superimposed on a golden triangle which has a white border on the sides. Both triangles point toward the flag’s fly end.
The field of green on the flag represents the agricultural lands and forests of Guyana. The golden arrow/triangle symbolizes the bright future of the country, hoping to be built on the mineral wealth the country has in abundance. The white border around the triangle represents the water resources in the country, attributed to its numerous rivers. The red triangle represents the zeal and dynamic nature of the Guyanese people, and the black border symbolizes the perseverance and resilience of the people.
A few interesting facts about Guyana; It is the third smallest country in South America and is located north on the continent on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Guyana’s official language is English, making it one of the few English speaking countries in South America. Guyana is ranked number two in the Worldwide Waterfall Database of top waterfalls. The most famous waterfall has a drop of 741 feet. To put it in some kind of perspective, Niagara Falls has a drop of only 167 feet. Around 70 percent of Guyana is made up of dense rainforest, so is uninhabited.