The national flag was hoisted for the first time on 23rd October, 1964 when Zambia got its political independence from British colonialists. The flag it depicts the country’s topography and its independence celebration, it enjoys freely to this day. The flag’s base is dominantly green. This signifies the country’s rich and fertile agricultural land and the produce that it generates. It also shows the importance given by the Zambian people to the natural wonders that they are blessed with. The flag also has three vertical stripes in the lower right hand corner of the banner. The red, black and orange bars from left to Right each show different facets of the country’s life and history.
The Red column on the national flag symbolises the country’s struggle for independence which resulted in bloodshed and devastation.
The black column is a remembrance of the people, who African in ethnicity are black-skinned.
The Orange bar stands for the mineral wealth enjoyed by the country particularly, copper.
African fish Eagle on top of the three colour bars
The African Fish Eagle which is also known as the Eagle of liberty represents the people’s ability to rise above every problem they may encounter. The eagle is a symbol of Zambia’s freedom
The Zambian law stipulates that the flag must be hoisted during the hours between sunrise and sundown.