New Mexico State Flag
The yellow field and red symbol
colors are the colors of Spain. First brought to New Mexico by Spanish
explorers in 1540. On New Mexico's flag we see a red sun with rays streching
out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group.
This is an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia.
The Zia believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of
four. These gifts are:
- The four directions - north, east,
south and west.
- The four seasons - spring, summer,
fall and winter.
- The day - sunrise, noon, evening
- Life itself - childhood, youth,
middle years and old age.
All of these are bound by a circle
of life and love, without a beginning or end.