We were wondering what the difference between the Italian and Mexican flag is because we put up our Italian-themed windsock on our deck as a prop for a party and left it there. (One neighbor noticed and commented that she was surprised because we were not “windsock” people!)
The Italian flag is a vertical tricolor (in Italian Il Tricolore) of green, white, and red. The Mexican flag on first glance is the same except the there is a coat of arms in the center white stripe. However, there are a couple of other subtle differences. The Italian flag uses lighter shades of green and red and the Italian flag has an aspect ratio of 2:3 while the Mexican flag is 4:7.
The Mexican coat of arms in the white band of the flag is an eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus with a snake in its beak and talons.
The meaning of the colors for the Italian flag vary but one common interpretation is that green = the countryside, white = the snowy Alps, and red = the blood spent during wars for Independence. The meaning of the colors for the Mexican flag likewise is not fixed, but can be taken to mean roughly: green = hope, white = purity and red = religion or the spilled blood of national heroes (as pointed out by one reader).