Texas Culture and Common Symbols

When you imagine Texas, what are some of the things you think about? Do you think of good ol’ smoked Texas BBQ? What about the bright endless stars at night? While Texas is known for some amazing things, our community’s immense pride for the state stands out amongst all the others. We are unique in that we not only have our own culture, but we are loud and proud about it! A large part of sharing this pride is showing and telling others the symbols that make us who we are. Texans wear and show these and many other symbols with pride, but do we know what they mean to us?

The Texas Star
The popular five-pointed star that many are familiar with is more than just a Western Americana décor item, but also a symbol for the Texan spirit. Representing patriotism, freedom, and bravery, the Texas Star signifies Texas’ independence from Mexico in the 1800s and standing alone for freedom. As a prominent component of the Texas Flag, the “Lone Star State” is known for the singular star standing strong and tall. Rooted in everyday culture, the star is seen commonly as a rustic, Texas image.

The Texas Flag
The Texas flag is the most popular and widespread state flag in the country. Like the United States flag, the colors red, white, and blue symbolize courage, purity, and loyalty. It is more than just a flag but a symbol of where we came from. Displaying the flag in Texas culture signifies our community’s strong sense of heritage and a show of honor for anyone that is from Texas, regardless of background. We all may be different in our own way, but we are all Texan.

Texas Longhorn
As the official state large mammal, images of the Texas Longhorn can be found scattered all over the state. The Texas Longhorn is a true icon exemplifying the term “survival of the fittest.” As one of the only American adapted cattle breeds, the Texas Longhorn evolved to withstand the long droughts, food stress, and other harsh aspects of living in the area. As a model of the phrase “Texas Tough,” the Longhorn has become engrained into everyday culture. Many Texans look to the Longhorn as a symbol of strength and independence.

Bluebonnets
A spring in Texas is not complete without seeing bluebonnets on the side of the road. Named the state flower in 1901, the bluebonnet is an iconic symbol for all Texans. For generations, Texans have gone out into the blooming bluebonnet fields to snap photos of new memories created as a family. Texas’ love for the bluebonnet goes beyond just a pretty picture; it has become a part of the culture year-round. Images, songs, poems, and even festivals surrounding the state’s love of the bluebonnet bring community together to share in this symbolic token of family and beauty.