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A national symbol is a symbol of any entity considering itself and manifesting itself to the world as a national community: sovereign states but also nations and countries in a state of colonial or other dependence, (con)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 iconic representations of the national people, values, goals, or history.
These symbols are often rallied around as part of celebrations of patriotism or aspiring nationalism (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
- The national flag, banner or national colors
- The coat of arms, emblem or seal of the country or ruling dynasty
- A national motto, which may also be used separately
- National anthems, royal or imperial hymns
- Abstract symbols, such as national flowers, birds, trees, etc.
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, national epics and national myths, as well as symbols used by national sports teams and their supporters.
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- "England's National Symbols". england.org.za. Retrieved 18 September 2012. "National symbols are defined as the symbols or icons of a national community (such as England), used to represent that community in a way that unites its people."