Maintains stately symbols & emblems, and other national treasures and identities.
A national symbol is a symbol of any entity considering itself and manifesting itself to the world as a national community – namely sovereign states, but also nations and countries in a state of colonial or other dependence, (con)federal integration, or even an ethnocultural community considered a 'nationality' despite the absence of political autonomy.
National symbols intend to unite people by creating visual, verbal, or iconic representations of the national people, values, goals, or history.
These symbols are often rallied around as part of celebrations of patriotism or aspiring nationalism (such as independence, autonomy or separation movements) and are designed to be inclusive and representative of all the peoples of the national community.
Official national symbols:
The flag of a nation-state
The coat of arms, seal or stamp of the land and/or ruling dynasty
The associated device and/or motto can also be used separately
The national colors, often derived from the above
Emblematic animals and plants/flowers, whether related to the above or not
Either the above or more abstract symbols, especially crosses,
National anthems, royal and imperial hymns; alongside such official hymn(s) custom may also recognize the national symbol value of very popular songs, such as
The office of the Head of State, and in case of a monarchy (often to some extent even after its political elimination) certain of its regalia, such as crown jewels
The Father of the Nation and other founding fathers
Other Common National symbols
National myths about the country's history or founding
National dress - this can have a more official character in the case of court dress or military uniforms
Monuments and clichés associated with tourism
Various other national emblems, including special plants, animals and objects associated with the nation
In a nation largely stamped by a particular religion, some of its most revered symbols may be adopted as national symbols (occasionally even officially), e.g. the national patron saint or equivalent deity, a major pilgrimage site, church or temple