national symbol


A national symbol is a
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of any entity considering and manifesting itself to the world as a national community: the
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s but also
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s and
countries A country is a distinct territorial body or political entity A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective identity, who are organized by some form of Institutionalisation, institutionalized social ...

in a state of colonial or other dependence, federal integration, or even an ethnocultural community considered a 'nationality' despite having no political autonomy. National symbols intend to unite people by creating visual, verbal, or
icon An icon (from the Greek language, Greek 'image, resemblance') is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, in the cultures of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, the Catholic Church, Roman Catholic, and certain Eastern Catholic ...
ic representations of the national people, values, goals, or history. These symbols are often rallied around as part of celebrations of
patriotism Patriotism or national pride is the feeling of love, devotion, and sense of attachment to a homeland A homeland is the concept of the place where a cultural, national, or racial identity had formed. The definition can also mean simply on ...

or aspiring
nationalism Nationalism is an idea and movement that holds that the nation should be congruent with the State (polity), state. As a movement, nationalism tends to promote the interests of a particular nation (as in a in-group and out-group, group of peop ...
(such as independence, autonomy or separation movements) and are designed to be inclusive and representative of all the people of the national community.

Common official national symbols

flag A flag is a piece of fabric (most often rectangular or quadrilateral) with a distinctive design and colours. It is used as a symbol, a signalling device, or for decoration. The term ''flag'' is also used to refer to the graphic design employed ...

or banner of a
nation-state A nation state is a political unit where the state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper), ''The State'' (newsp ...
coat of arms#REDIRECT coat of arms A coat of arms is a heraldry, heraldic communication design, visual design on an escutcheon (heraldry), escutcheon (i.e., shield), surcoat, or tabard. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the fu ...
of the nation, land or ruling dynasty *The seal (emblem), seal or stamp of the nation, land or ruling dynasty *The head of state, especially in a monarchy *The associated device and national motto, motto can also be used separately *The national colors, often derived from the above *National emblem#Nationalized patriotic symbols, Abstract symbols *National anthems, royal and imperial hymns; alongside such official hymns custom may also recognize the national symbol values of very popular songs

Unofficial national symbols

In many ways, well-known sights in a country can also be seen as national symbols, as can traditional items of handicraft, folk costumes, natural monuments, national epics and national myths, as well as symbols used by national sports teams and their supporters.

See also

*List of national symbols *Cultural icon *Floral emblem *Cockade, National cockade *Religion in national symbols


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