Singapore’s National Symbols Reflect Identity and Values

Singapore’s national symbols play a vital role reflecting the country’s identity and ideals. Key symbols include the National Flag, State Crest, National Anthem, National Flower and iconic Lion Head.

Flag’s Crescent Moon and Stars Signify Ascent and Equality

The National Flag, adopted in 1959, features horizontal red over white with a crescent moon and five white stars in the canton. These elements symbolize a young, ascendant nation along with universal brotherhood, equality and national aspirations.

State Crest Honors Heritage While Asserting Independence

The State Crest or National Coat of Arms, also from 1959, incorporates flag elements while signaling Singapore’s self-governance. It honors cultural bonds with Malaysia while underscoring autonomy.

Anthem “Majulah Singapura” Urges Nation Onward

The late Encik Zubir Said composed Singapore’s rousing national anthem “Majulah Singapura” (“Onward Singapore”) in 1958. First performed in 1959, it urges patriotic national advancement.

Vanda Miss Jojo Orchid Chosen for Vibrant Blooms

Selected in 1981 for its vivid colors and fragrance, the native Vanda Miss Jojo orchid serves as Singapore’s floral emblem. The exotic bloom reflects the country’s vibrant beauty.

Lion Symbol Epitomizes Courage, Confidence and Strength

The iconic Lion Head aptly captures attributes of the Lion City – courage, confidence and strength. Used ceremonially, the historic symbol reinforced nation-building and still personifies Singaporean fortitude.

These resonant national symbols have united Singaporeans by encapsulating the country’s distinct identity, heritage and ideals as it progressed to independence and beyond.