|Information about Singapore: Singapore Coat Of Arms and the Lion Symbol|
Singapore Coat Of Arms and the Lion Symbol
The National Coat of Arms or State Crest consists of a shield with a white crescent moon and five white stars against a red background. Red symbolises universal brotherhood and equality of men; white, purity and virtue. The five stars represent the ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. Supporting the shield are a lion on the left and a tiger on the right. The lion represents Singapore and the tiger represents the islandâ€™s historical links with Malaysia. Below the shield is a banner inscribed with the Republicâ€™s motto, "Majulah Singapura" ("Onward Singapore").
The Lion Symbol
According to 13th century Malay Annals, a prince spotted a creature he believed was a lion and named the island "Singa-pura" (Lion City)--from which Singapore was derived.
The lion symbolises courage, strength and excellence. It is in red against a white background--the colours of the National Flag. The five partings of the lionâ€™s mane represent the five ideals embodied in the five stars of the flag--democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. The lionâ€™s purposeful bearing symbolises the nationâ€™s single-minded resolve to face challenges and overcome obstacles.
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