Flag of New Mexico

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The state flag of New Mexico was designed by Harry Mera in 1920

The Flag of the State of New Mexico has the red sun symbol of the Zia people in the middle and has a yellow background.

In 1920, Dr. Harry Mera, an archaeologist, won a contest to design a new state flag and chose the Zia sun symbol because he was familiar with it. It was used in Zia Pueblo on a 19th century pot. There is four points in the symbol because four is a sacred number to the Zia. To the Zia, it is the Circle of Life: four winds, four seasons, four directions, and four sacred obligations. New Mexico was the 48th state and it was founded in 1912.