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National Flag of Mauritius

 

 The symbolic meaning of the colours:
Red represents the struggle for freedom and independence.
Blue represents the Indian Ocean in the middle of which Mauritius is situated.
Yellow represents the new light of Independence shining over the island.
Green represents the Agriculture of Mauritius and its colour throughout the twelve months of the year.
 
Nos Couleurs
Our Flag
Rouge des flamboyants
foyers d’incendie
aux quatre phares de l’horizon
symbole du sang répandu de nos aïeux
je te nomme fraternité.
Red of the flowering flame trees
landscape of fire
at the four corners of the horizon
symbol of the blood shed by our ancestors
thy name is fraternity.
Bleu des îles australes
miracle de la mer indienne
qui déferle sur nos côtes
d’eternelles symphonies
je te nomme fidélité.
Blue of the southern islands
wonder of the Indian Ocean
which flows on our shores
in an eternal symphony
thy name is fidelity.
Jaune des plages aux sables d’or
que protègent de hauts cocotiers
dont les cimes ruissellent
de trésor du couchant
je te nomme prospérité.
Yellow of the beaches of golden sands
sheltered by tall coconut palms
from whose tops stream
the riches of sunset
thy name is prosperity.
Vert de nos immenses champs de cannes
debout autour de vieux moulins
qui sentent le sucre et la mélasse
le dur labeur en plein soleil
je te nomme fertilité.
Green of our vast sugar-cane fields
standing up round old mills
which sell of sugar and molasses
and hard work of sugar and molasses
and hard work out in the sun
thy name is fertility.
Rouge bleu jaune et vert
désormais réunis pour la gloire d’un peuple
sur le chemin de la liberté
plus d’un siècle aujourd’hui
vous porte le salut.
Red blue yellow and green
henceforth united for the pride of a nation
on the march to freedom
more than a century to-day
hails thee.
 
 
 
Andre Legallant
(On the accession of Mauritius to Independence)