The Honduras flag honors the country’s rich traditions as one of Central America’s most vibrant nations. Adopted on March 7, 1866, the national flag of Honduras replicates the flag of the Federal Republic of Central America. Honduras joined the United Provinces of Central America in 1823 and adopted their flag. The Honduras flag contains three horizontal bands, one white and two cerulean blue. The outer Cerulean bands represent the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea along with the blue sky and brotherhood. The inner white band represents the land between the ocean and the sea. The five cerulean five-pointed stars, which are arranged in an X pattern, denote the five nations of the former Republic of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica) and the hope that the nations may form a union again.