In Chapter Three of George Orwell's Animal Farm, the animals have successfully taken over the farm from Mr. Jones, who had grown too exhausted, bitter, poor and inebriated to run the premises. Once in control of the farm, the animals immediately set in motion their preconceived model for the more just society they had envisioned while iving under the tyrannical yoke of the humans. Sundays were an exception to the regular workweek, now, with everybody given the day-off and a weekly ceremony held. It was on Sunday mornings, then, that Snowball would hoist the flag he had fashioned from an old tablecloth. Orwell describes the scene as follows:
"Snowball had found in the harness-room an old green tablecloth of Mrs. Jones’s and had painted on it a hoof and a horn in white. This was run up the flagstaff in the farmhouse garden every Sunday 8, morning. The flag was green, Snowball explained, to represent the green fields of England, while the hoof and horn signified the future Republic of the Animals."
As Orwell's narrative notes, the flag is symbolic of the animals who now control their own destiny, with the cloth's original color, green, serving to symbolize the agricultural basis of the new existence.