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National Symbols of the Bahamas


The Bahamian Flag
The colors of the Bahamian flag are black, gold and aquamarine. The black represents the Bahamian people, the gold represents the sun and the aquamarine is a symbol of our crystal clear waters.

The National Flower
The yellow elder (Tecoma stans) is a tubular yellow flower with ultra-fine red stripes on each petal. It grows wild in The Bahamas, but is usually improved through cultivation. The Yellow Elder Tree may reach a height of nearly twenty feet. The blooming period is from October to December, diminishing by March.

The National Tree
Lignum Vitae or ‘tree of life’ (Guaiacum sanctum) is a very heavy wood characterized by clusters of small blue flowers at the branch tips.

The Bahamas Coat of Arms (pictured right)

The National Bird
Flamingo: Its pink, it has long legs and we have a lot of them.

National Anthem
The National Anthem is a beautiful song by Timothy Gibson (1903-1978): MARCH ON, BAHAMA-LAND.

Pledge of Allegiance
“I Pledge my allegiance to the flag and to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas For which it stands, one people united in love and service.”


Bahamas National Anthem: March On Bahamaland
“March On, Bahamaland,” a beautiful song composed by Timothy Gibson, became the national anthem of the Bahamas in 1973.

Lift up your head
to the rising sun,
March on to glory
your bright banners
waving high.
See how the world
marks the manner
of your bearing!
Pledge to excel
through love and unity.
Pressing onward,
march together
to a common loftier goal;
Steady sunward,
Tho’ the weather
hide the wide and treacherous shoal.
Lift up your head
to the rising sun, Bahamaland,
‘Til the road you’ve trod
lead unto your God,
March On, Bahamaland.


Bahamas National Holidays

The Islands of The Bahamas have the following national holidays:

New Year’s Day (January 1)
Good Friday (Friday before Easter )
Easter Monday (March/April)
Whit Monday (7th Monday after Easter)
Labor Day (1st Friday in June)
Independence Day (July 10)
Emancipation Day (August Monday) (1st Monday in August)
Discovery Day (October 12)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Boxing Day (December 26)