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 (width:height) of 3:2 while the Mexican flag is 7:4.
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).
To add confusion, the flags for Ireland and Côte d’Ivoire look similar except with orange instead of red.