The flag of the Commonwealth of Dominica consists of a circular
emblem of red bearing a Sisserou Parrot standing on a twig encircled
by ten lime green stars. This is superimposed on three vertical
and three horizontal stripes of yellow, black and white forming
a triple coloured cross against a background of forest green.
The central emblem presents the National Bird of Dominica, the
Sisserou parrot, also a symbol of flight toward greater heights
and fulfillment of aspiration. The Parrot also comes from the Dominica
Coat of Arms, thus symbolising the official seal of the country.
The ten lime green stars - the traditional symbol of hope - represent
the ten parishes of the country, each with equal status, thus the
equality of our people. The red central emblem symbolises Dominica's
commitment to social justice.
The yellow, black and white stripes form a triple coloured cross
representing the Trinity of God. The cross itself demonstrates belief
in God since the Commonwealth of Dominica is founded upon the principles
that acknowledge the supremacy of God.
The yellow stripe represents the sunshine of our land, our main
agricultural produce: citrus and bananas; and is also a symbol of
the Carib and Arawak people, the first inhabitants of the Island.
The white stripe represents the clarity of our rivers and waterfalls
and the purity of aspiration of our people.
The black stripe represents the rich black soil of our island on
which our agriculture is based, as well as our African heritage.
The general background of the dark green symbolises our rich verdant
forest and the general lushness of the island.