National symbols are visual and conceptual emblems that encode particulars of a nation’s sovereign existence in the community of nations. Over a period, such emblems or symbols become deeply embedded in the memory of a nation and thus serve as a source of national dignity and patriotic pride. As they become widely used and accepted, national symbols are capable of inspiring in a people an abiding loyalty to their homeland.

All national symbols are protected by law, which prohibits any act or intent to insult, display contempt or hold them up to ridicule.