21 year old Antania Hall is of Barbadian heritage, with her father being born in Barbados. She is pursuing her passion in the beauty industry as a freelance hair and makeup artist. Antania would love the opportunity to work on major television networks with celebrities. Her passion and dedication for beauty is a clear driver for her current success.
THE NATIONAL FLAG OF BARBADOS
The national flag of Barbados is comprised of three equal vertical panels - the center panel of gold and the outer panels of ultramarine. A broken trident in black is located in the center of the flag.
Blue represents the sea and sky of Barbados, while gold represents the sand of the island's beaches. The symbol at the center of the flag represents the Trident of the mythical sea god, Neptune - the shaft of the trident is broken symbolizing Barbados' break from Britain.
THE COAT OF ARMS
Along with other national symbols of Barbados, including the
flag & flower, is the Coat of Arms. Under Royal Warrant, the
grant of arms was presented by Her Majesty the Queen to
the President of the Barbados Senate on February 14th,
1966, the year Barbados gained Independence from England
on her official visit to the island.
POINCIANA PULCHERRIMA LINNAEUS
References to this flower were recorded as early as 1657. It is a shrub and is often pruned into a low hedge.
If untrimmed it grows to a height of 10 to 15 feet. It is a member of the Legume family and can be found in other tropical countries.
The Pride of Barbados blooms most of the year, the more common varieties are a fiery red and yellow although other colour variations can be found. The flower has five petals with a yellow margin in a pyramidal inflorescence. Each flower is about 1½ inches across with five sepals. The ten stamens are long and the pistils project from the center of the flower.
NATIONAL BIRD - THE BROWN PELICAN
Although the pelican is featured on the national Coat of Arms of Barbados, the bird is rarely seen in or around Barbados.
Up until the 1950's Pelican Island existed as a small island off the west coast of Barbados. The sea between Barbados and Pelican Island was reclaimed and this area is now part of the Bridgetown Deep Water Harbour, where the cruise ships dock. Pelican Island was so named because of the brown pelicans that nested there.