Where does come from?
The flag of Cuba features alternating blue and white stripes with a red triangle at its hoist. On the triangle is a white, five-pointed star.
Created by Cuban writer Miguel Teurbe Tolón and general Narciso López for Cuban exiles during the mid-19th century, the Cuban flag didn’t become Cuba’s national flag until the country gained independence from the United States in 1902. In spite of a change in government in 1959 when communist revolutionary Fidel Castro came to power on the island, the flag of Cuba continued as the national flag.
The flag of Cuba made it’s way to the world of emoji in 2015 as part of Unicode’s Emoji 1.0 set. On older platforms, Cuba’s country code, CU, is displayed instead. Some platforms depict the flag as waving.
It’s National Cuban Sandwich Day! Eat A Cuban 🇨🇺 ! pic.twitter.com/Gk419uyxYJ
— Carl Ruiz (@carlruiz) August 23, 2018
Who uses ?
Given the long tensions between the Cuban and United States governments, the flag of Cuba emoji is often used for political purposes, such as after President Obama opened ties with the island nation in 2016 and when President Trump started closing them back up in 2017.
— M. Carina SotoAgüero (@MCarinaSotoA) August 24, 2018
— P KELLY (@7815PWK) August 21, 2018
On a more lighthearted note, the flag for Cuba emoji is very frequently used on social media by people showing pride in their Cuban heritage, celebrating some aspect of Cuban culture, or visiting the country.
“So proud of @Camila_Cabello our home girl from both Miami and Havana” —Gloria Estefan
Cuban Queens!!! 👑🇨🇺 pic.twitter.com/IYHOprfpmx
— Fᴀ | -31 ɴвтѕ тoυr мх (@FaCyan4) August 19, 2018
— Laz (@CutlerRidgeLAZ) August 24, 2018
El Malecón is Havana's famous seafront boulevard and definitely worth a stroll, especially at sunset. 🌅 Where's your favourite place to watch the sun go down? 🇨🇺 #travel #Cuba pic.twitter.com/97cdwHNwCG
— Ros Gilman (@rosgilman) September 9, 2018