The flag of Trinidad and Tobago consists of a diagonal black stripe with white edges that starts in the upper hoist side (the side closest to the flagpole) and ends in the lower fly side. This stripe divides the flag into a red triangle at the top and a larger red triangle at the bottom. The red color symbolizes the warmth of the people, the sun, and the vitality of the land. The black represents the strength and unity of the people, as well as the natural wealth of the country. The white bands are symbolic of the sea and the water that surrounds the islands.