Significance of your country's flag

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capsi

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Bengali,Hindi,English

India.....

The National Flag shall be a tri-colour panel made up of three rectangular panels or sub-panels of equal widths. The colour of the top panel shall be India saffron (Kesari) symbolizes courage,patriotism and that of the bottom panel shall be India green symbolizes prosperity . The middle panel shall be white symbolizes peace, purity , bearing at its centre the design of Ashoka Chakra (3rd century BC Mauryan emperor) 'The Wheel of Law' in navy blue colour with 24 equally spaced spokes. The Ashoka Chakra shall be completely visible on both sides of the Flag in the centre of the white panel.

The National Flag of India shall be made of hand spun and hand woven wool/cotton/silk/ khadi

The National Flag shall be rectangular in shape. The ratio of the length to the height (width) of the Flag shall be 3:2.


[ the colour saffron is hindu religious colour like the green for muslims, and you have white in between (the colour of peace)... if you want to think in a different way ;) . Though it was never thought in that way.]
 
  • Blackleaf

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    English/Britain
    maxiogee said:
    Ireland didn't "join" the union in the same way as it "joined" the EU. It was subsumed into a union against the will of the vast majority, even of those in the 'parliament'.
    Are you saying that the majority of the Irish were in favour of Ireland joining the EU in 1973?
     

    maxiogee

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    English
    Blackleaf said:
    Are you saying that the majority of the Irish were in favour of Ireland joining the EU in 1973?
    In May 1972 Ireland voted on joining the EEC (as it was then).
    The turnout was 72% of the electorate.
    1,041,890 voted to accept the proposal that Ireland join and 211,891 voted against - that's 83% of the turnout voting yes.

    83% of 72% is about 60% — so yes, by any measurement, the Irish were in favour of joining.
     

    maxiogee

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    English
    Miguelillo 87 said:
    IRELAND was joint of US????
    I didn't know, Nowadays Ireland it's independant right?
    Miguelillo, EU = European Union, which used to be called the EEC, or European Economic Community — not los Estados Unidos. :)
     

    Miguelillo 87

    Senior Member
    México español
    maxiogee said:
    Miguelillo, EU = European Union, which used to be called the EEC, or European Economic Community — not los Estados Unidos. :)
    Thank I confused as in spanish the abreviation for US is EU i was flabbergasped!!!!!!!! Thanks God it was just a confussion, Sorry and thanks for the explanation
     

    french4beth

    Senior Member
    US-English
    For the US flag, I found the following on wikipedia:
    In terms of the symbolism of the design itself, a book about the flag published by the Congress in 1977 states: "The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun."[1] George Washington is credited for saying: "We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty."
     

    castellano

    Member
    speaker of Castellano
    Nineu said:
    The Basque flag (Ikurriña) was originally created for one of the Basque regions, Vizcaya (Bizkaia), but it soon became so popular that it was accepted as the flag of the Basque Country in the six other Basque regions.

    The Basque flag consists of a green X and a white cross superimposed on a red background.

    There are several interpretations of the Basque flag. According to one interpretation, the green St Andrew's cross might represent the Oak of Guernica, a symbol of the old laws of Bizkaia, or Fueros. The white cross represents Catholicism and was also found behind the Oak in the Heraldic arms of Bizkaia, and the red background represents the Basque people (originally, the Biscaynes). Thus, red, white and green have become the national Basque colors.


    As far as I know, and documents prove it, the Basque flag was invented by the foundator of the Basque nationalism, "Mr." Sabino Arana Goiri, who firstly deviced the flag taking the British flag's pattern as a model (he was a fan of Britishness).
    He invented the ikurriña and this flag was used on the first instance as the flag of the PNV (or Basque Nationalist Party). The ikurriña was considered in later years as the flag of some Basques (the nationalist ones), and it became more popular as the nationalist ideas spread more and more in the Basque region in the 1920-30's. However, reports show that the ikurriña was not well seen in Pamplona and other parts of Navarre, in the 1930's.
    After 1978, this Basque flag, which initially had been the symbol of a political party, was made to be the representative flag of a region (the Basque Country) to make the Basque nationalists happy, but was later accepted by all as a symbol of the Basques, whose land -the mythical "Euskal Herria" or Basque Country of 7 provinces- has never been a "political entity" in History, but an invention of Mr. Sabino Arana.

    Most Basques ignore that their flag was firstly the flag of a political party, a flag invented and displayed in public at the very end of the 19th century, in the political events of the PNV.

    I agree with Nineu about the religious meanings (Sabino Arana was a fanatic Catholic) of the colours and shapes of the ikurriña.

    Regards.
     

    claudine2006

    Senior Member
    Italy Italian
    I'm very sorry to remind you that Catalonia is not a country.
    The topics is "the significance of your country's flag" and not of your "comunidad autónoma".
    If we start speaking about every region or city flag it will take years.
     

    Blackleaf

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    English/Britain
    claudine2006 said:
    I'm very sorry to remind you that Catalonia is not a country.
    The topics is "the significance of your country's flag" and not of your "comunidad autónoma".
    If we start speaking about every region or city flag it will take years.
    No, it's not an actual country but is a nation, like Scotland or England.

    Catalonia also has a national football team that played Wales a few months ago.
     

    groggy

    Member
    UK English
    Blackleaf said:
    No, it's not an actual country but is a nation, like Scotland or England.

    Catalonia also has a national football team that played Wales a few months ago.
    They actually played against the Euskal Selekzioa (the Basque Selection), which, like the Catalonian selection, is not considered a "national" team, as they are not full members of FIFA...and never will be, unless the Basque Country or Catalonia become sovereign states one day.
    The country vs nation thing is a difficult one... I would say that my country's flag is the St.George's cross of England, but my nation's flag is the Union Flag of the UK...

    Some details about those two flags here:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._George's_cross
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Flag
     

    pickypuck

    Senior Member
    Extremaduran Spanish
    Those teams are called "selecciones autonómicas" and most Spanish regions have them... especially the rich ones because the regional governments have enough money to invest in them and because they have the best teams of the different leagues so it's easy to form a team of good players. They can't compete in official international events because in those, it's the Spanish selection who takes part in.

    ¡Olé! :cool:
     

    shaloo

    Senior Member
    English
    This is the Indian flag : http://www.indianchild.com/images/indiaflagbig.gif

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    The saffron colour shows Bravery and Courage
    The white colour shows Peace
    The green colour shows Prosperity; it signifies the well-being of Farmers, as India is basically an agriculture-based country, we believe if our food producers live happily, we too will.
    And, yeah....The blue colour at the center is actually a wheel: its called as The Asoka Chakra.
    Chakra means Wheel. Asoka was our ancient king who stood strong for Dharma i.e., Righteousness.Hence..The Wheel of Asoka.

    That gives the significance of our Indian Flag !

    Shaloo
     

    Amandla

    Member
    Catalan & Spanish
    banderacat.gif
    This is the catalan flag: It's named: Senyera

    estanarquista.gif
    It's the anarchist catalan flag, which means the Fredoom of Catalan countries and the anarchy

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    It's the other anticapitalist flag, which means the Fredoom of Catalan countries and marxism or socialism. It's the most famous anticapitalist and independence flag.

    75.GIF

    It means the Fredoom only for Catalonia, without the other countries and without social transformation.
     

    Xamayca

    Senior Member
    Jamaican English
    The flag of Jamaica is sometimes referred to as “The Cross” or as the “Black, Green and Gold''.

    Symbolism of the Flag of Jamaica

    Over time the meaning behind the colours of the Jamaican flag has changed. After independence in 1962, government officials claimed the black colour stood for the difficulties faced by the country, the green represented the island itself, and the gold colour symbolised the bright sun that shines over the land. Today, however, the colours have taken on slightly different meanings. Beginning in 1996, the black colour has been said to represent the people of the land, particularly their strength and resilience against hardships. The green colour represents the abundance of flora found throughout the island, and the gold colour symbolises the riches found within Jamaica.
     

    Penyafort

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    Catalan (Catalonia), Spanish (Spain)
    I'm very sorry to remind you that Catalonia is not a country.
    The topics is "the significance of your country's flag" and not of your "comunidad autónoma".
    If we start speaking about every region or city flag it will take years.
    Regardless of whether one considers Catalonia a country or not at the moment, the flag was the one of the Crown of Aragon, which was one of the European powers in the Mediterranean in medieval times. As one of the oldest flags in Europe, along with the Danish one, it is not comparable to those of 'any region or city' of recent creation.
     

    Vukabular

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    Serbian
    The flag of Serbia has three horizontal stripes of red blue and white with a two-headed white eagle with a golden crown, with a shield bearing a cross with four Cyrillic letters "C" and two lily of the valley. It is not easy to explain the meaning of all the symbols, since some of them originate from the Neolithic more precisely, a cross with four letters "C" representing the summer and winter solstice and equinoxes, and the letter "C" representing the four lunar phases. The two-headed white eagle is a symbol from the time when the Serbs ruled Rome, one of the three Htonian beings next to the wolf and the serpent. The lily or more precisely the lily of the valley may be the most difficult to explain because they are related to the Veniamin (Benjamin) tribe, the Merovingian dynasty, and St. George. In Serbian St. George = "St. Đurđ" and lily of the valley = "đurđevak" while an ordinary lily = "ljiljan"...
     
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    Circunflejo

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    The spanish colours come from Castil and Aragon province's arms and first appeared in the flag at 1785.
    None of the colours of the Spanish flag matches the coulours of the Castilian flag.
    Only in the 1936-9 period it was otherwise.
    You are overlooking that it was used during the second Republic (from 1931). During the Civil war, it was used by both sides till August 29th, 1936. From there onwards, just by the Republican side and its supporters.

    in spanish the abreviation for US is EU
    In Spanish, the abreviation for US is EE. UU.
    It means the Fredoom only for Catalonia
    :confused: I've seen it used by pro-Independence people/associations in the Balearic Islands claiming for Independence of the Balearic islands.
    The flag of Serbia has three vertical stripes of red blue and white
    Vertical? P.S.: It seems that @Vukabular already fixed it (the stripes aren't vertical but horizontal, as he wrote after my comment) but he didn't bother to let us know.
     
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    Fernando

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    You are overlooking that it was used during the second Republic (from 1931). During the Civil war, it was used by both sides till August 29th, 1936. From there onwards, just by the Republican side and its supporters.
    You are obviously right. I was addressing Mei's message about that current design was only for Franco time. I meant 1931-39. As you point out, in nationalist-controlled ground, red-yellow-blue design was used until it was replaced by the traditional red-yellow design a few moths later.
     
    The Greek flag is made up of nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white with a blue canton on the upper left with a white Greek cross in it. There are many theories concerning its symbolism, some say that the 9 stripes stand for the number of syllables of the national motto "Freedom of Death", others that it stands for the nine muses. No-one knows the significance of the colours either, some say that the white stands for the purity of the struggle against the Ottomans, others say it's the colour of the sea foam created by the agitation of wave action, while blue stands for the colour of the sky, or the hope for freedom.
    Personally, I think that the theory that both the pattern and the colouring derive from a long tradition starting from Byzantium is plausible. It quite possibly stems from the droungos (i.e. the naval ensign) of the Byzantine Aegean fleet:
    image1 — Postimage.org
     

    Welsh_Sion

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    Welsh - Northern
    Here's the background to my country's flag - and what I 'wear' proudly on this site. It is one of the oldest (and youngest!) of European flags and does not figure on the so-called 'Union' Flag of the UK.

    We are onky one of two nations in the world to have a dragon on our flag. The trivia question is - Which is the other?

    Cofion gorau / Best wishes,

    Dragon spirit: the legend of the Welsh dragon
     

    Penyafort

    Senior Member
    Catalan (Catalonia), Spanish (Spain)
    :confused: I've seen it used by pro-Independence people/associations in the Balearic Islands claiming for Independence of the Balearic islands.
    Both of you are right.

    Nowadays for most people the use of that flag is associated to independence as an aim, regardless of whether one may relate that aim to Catalonia alone or the whole Catalan-speaking area.

    Originally (1904-1908), though, the appearance of that star simply simbolized independence for Catalonia (the Principality), and it was inside a rhombus in the middle of the flag, inspired by the then recent Cuban adopted flag (1902) after the Cuban independene from Spain (1898), itself created in the 1840s, inspired by the Lone star of the Texas Republic (1836-1846), which had became independent from Mexico (New Spain).

    The Catalan Committee wanted to enter the League of Nations, precedent to the UN, and the flag already with the left triangle was associated to it first, after having been worn by Catalan volunteers in World War One. So the first 'official' representation of it was in 1918. That Commitee Pro Catalonia had only Catalonia in mind, not the Catalan Countries (the concept already existed but the use of it was still only cultural).
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    ...The Union Flag was created by a Scotsman - King James I of England, VI of Scotland - in 1606.
    Yes, and he had a devil of a job to create it! Six designs were put forward in 1604, all trying to join the red-on-white cross of St George (England) with the white-on-blue saltire of St Andrew (Scotland). They looked like this:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a2/Union_jack_proposed.jpg

    None of them was at all attractive, but from about 1605 the navy started using a design similar to today's as a jack (a small flag at the stern), and that went on to become the modern Union Flag.
     
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