St. George’s Day – Turks, Dragons, Controversy and How To Celebrate It Properly

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Spring is well and truly here which amongst other things, means it’s almost time to celebrate that most English of days, St. George’s Day!

St. George’s Day was at one time a national holiday in England. It is now more of an event that is celebrated in some areas with parades, dancing and similar activities. Yet it’s popularity and prominence is increasingly with every passing year…

Visit a local Church on Sunday, April 23rd and you’re very likely to hear the strains of William Blake’s classic hymn ‘Jerusalem’. Flags with the image of St. George’s cross are flown on specially-patriotic houses, not forgetting good old bunting at your local pub or Hall….Many others display their pride with nifty car flags or take great pleasure in adorning their work desk with a natty table equivalent. Whatever the method, the English are making their pride known.

So then why is April 23rd not a public holiday? Schools, stores, post offices, businesses and other organisations are open as usual. Public transport services run to their usual timetables. In recent times, there has been a push, involving campaigns and petitions, to make the day a public holiday in England. A recent Government Poll shows that 73% of people in England want April 23rd to be a nationally-recognised Bank Holiday. The Guardian writes that political parties ignore the rise of English identity ‘at their peril’ …Many say that the Irish have long celebrated St. Patrick’s Day without having to take a sickie off work! (Admittedly they probably do the day after, though)

So what’s the problem?

Well as always, look no further than money, probably. According to a report from April 2012 by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, each Bank Holiday can cost the economy about  £2.3 billion in lost work. That always dents the chances somewhat…Also St. George’s Day was once celebrated as widely as Christmas but the celebrations waned by the end of the 18th century after England had united with Scotland on May 1, 1707.

Other reasons may include the fact that in true politically correct style, England has, some say, become too multicultural for such a specific patriotic celebration of Englishness. The argument is that it would alienate many other diverse cultural groups. A little contentious, to say the least. Particularly as good old St, George was not even English himself and is actually the patron saint of a number of other places, such as Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Portugal and Russia!

St. George was born sometime around the Year 280 in what is now Turkey. He was a soldier and rose up through the ranks of the Roman army, eventually rising up to the level of a personal guard to Emperor Diocletian. He was executed for being a Christian on April 23rd 303, and is buried in the town of Lod in Israel.

St. George is most widely known for supposedly slaying a dragon. Legend says that the only well in the town of Silene was guarded by a dragon so in order to get water, the townspeople had to offer a human sacrifice every day to the great dragon. The person to be sacrificed was chosen by lots. (Very democratic, it has to be said)  At the time our St. George was visiting, a Princess had been selected as the sacrificial lamb that day. However, he killed the dragon, saved the Princess (as you do) and gave the people of Silene unfettered access to the water. In gratitude, they all converted to Christianity. It is thought that the dragon represents a certain type of pagan belief that included the sacrifice of human beings.

The most widely recognised symbol of St. George’s Day is St. George’s Cross. This is a red cross on a white background, which is often displayed as a flag. It is used as England’s national flag, forming part of the Union Flag, the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Saint George’s cross was originally the flag of the maritime Republic of Genoa. Around 1190, the King of England started paying the Doge of Genoa to protect ships originally from the city of London and the rest of England that sailed in the Mediterranean.

During the crusades, English knights used the St. George’s cross as a part of their uniform. It has been the official flag of England for centuries now, but the Union Jack Flag, a combination of St. George’s cross, St. Andrew’s cross and St.Patrick’s cross, is the overall national flag of the United Kingdom. Currently, the St. George’s cross is used as a national symbol by fans of the English national football, rugby and cricket sides. At all international matches flags and scarves bearing this cross are worn and people will often adorn their faces with a painted version also!. It also has a prominent place on the arms of the City of London and the flags of the city of Barcelona, Spain, and the country of Georgia.

5 Extremely English Things to Do this St. George’s Day

We’ve come up with a list of five quintessentially English things you can do this St. George’s Day to commemorate it properly.

    1. Show your pride!

Whether from your car, window or desk, don’t be shy about parading your patriotic spirit with a classic St. George’s flag of some description!

  1. Dress the Part

It’s become a tradition to dress in the red & white colours of the English flag when celebrating St. George’s Day. If you don’t want to be entirely dressed in two tones, maybe grab the St. George cross flag instead…

  1. Wolf down a Feast

Be sure to eat some traditional English staples like a full English breakfast, Bangers’n’Mash or a traditional Full Roast, all in tribute to the Meat Slayer himself.

  1. Visit a Pub

What could be more English than a trip to your local boozer? Grab a seat and a pint & engage in some patriotic merriment to mark the occasion…

  1. Visit the Theatre

The 23rd of April is also thought to have been the birthday of William Shakespeare! Why not celebrate this other iconic English figure with a trip to your local theatre?

Make sure that you do at least one of our extremely English things to do on the 23rd April to make sure you feel like you’re part of the festivities.

History of Flags

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Simply speaking, a flag is just a piece of material flown from a mast or pole, yet each flag design is bursting with history…

The use of flags can date back to around 1000 BC, when the Egyptians used to use primitive versions of flags. Since then, flags have grown to become a symbol, often representing geographical regions, countries and nations. The history of flags is vast and expansive, so much so that it has it’s own scientific study, known as vexillology.

As well as representing countries, flags can also be used at sea to signal each other and to harbours, used as a symbol, sending a signal, communication or identification. Explorers use flags to show new lands conquered – ie the moon and the top of Mount Everest.

No matter what a flag is used for, each has their own history; here’s a quick run down of historical country flags and other popular and famous flag designs, including those which represent religions and cultures.

List of the Oldest Country Flags

Flags have been around for thousands of years, and some of the world’s country flags have managed to withstand the test of time, representing their country for hundreds of years. Here’s a list of some of the oldest country flags in the world.

Scotland Saltire 832 AD – The flag was allegedly first flown at a battle fought in East Lothian is the dark ages. The white cross represents Saint Andrew, who was supposedly crucified on a similar cross.

Austria 1230 AD – The Austrian flag was adopted by Friedrich II, the last Babenberg as Duke of Austria in the 13th century. The design contains three equal horizontal bands, two red with one white in the centre.

Latvia 1280 AD – First used by the Latvian military in 1279, it was documented as a simple design of carmine red cut through with a horizontal white stripe – identical to the design used today.

Denmark 1307 AD (or earlier) – The flag of Denmark is the oldest continually used national flag, according to the Guinness World Records. According to legend, the flag was first flown in the Battle of Lyndanisse in 1219, but the first use on factual record was noted nearly 100 years later.

Albania 1443 AD – The first sighting of Albania’s flag happened  when Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania, raised his flag in defiance of the Turks who ruled the country. The flag consists of a two headed black eagle backed onto a red field.

Most Recognisable World Flags

Around the world, there are certain world flags that are instantly recognisable due to their iconic designs and the countries they represent.

United States of America – 50 stars and 13 horizontal stripes to represent the 13 original colonies: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia.

United Kingdom – The Union Jack, or Union Flag, represents each of the countries under the Sovereign nation. The St George’s Cross of England, The St Andrew’s Saltire of Scotland and the St Patrick’s Cross of Northern Ireland. One of the oldest flags, adopted in 1801. Famous around the world for being incorporated into flags of former British colonies, such as Australia and New Zealand.

Australia – The Australian flag is similar to that of New Zealand, containing a Union Jack in the top left, a royal blue base, and a constellation of stars. The Southern Cross constellation can be seen in all of Australia’s territories, and is joined by two other stars to represent each state.

Canada – The Canadian flag consists of three vertical stripes, two red and one white. The central white stripe has an 11-point maple leaf emblem in the centre. The flag was adopted in 1964 and was inspired by the maple leaf design of the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada.

New Zealand – A dark blue base with a British Union Jack in the left hand corner. The Union Jack represents the country’s British commonwealth heritage, with the constellation of the Southern Cross to represent New Zealand’s geographical position to the rest of the world.

Most Popular National Flag Colours

Red: 155

White: 144

Green: 97

 

Least Known Flags

We’ve mentioned some of the most recognisable flags, but what about the ones that nobody recognises? Here’s the top five flags people are least likely to recognise.

South Sudan

Cook Islands

Niue

Sao Tome and Principe

Namibia

 

Other Well Known Flags

As well as world flags to represent countries, states and nations, flags can also represent people, groups and religions. Here’s a list of popular and recognizable flags that don’t represent a country.

LGBT Flags – Each year, gay pride events are held around the world, making this group of flags recognizable. The rainbow flag is the most famous, designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Other flags include the bear flag, the pansexual flag and the asexual flag.

Sporting Flags – Throughout history, flags have been used in sporting events. From the checkered racing flag to start and finish races to the flag used by referees at football matches, there are loads of important sporting flags available.

Religious flags – Flags for religions have been used since the early 19th century, used across the world in places of worship. From Christianity to Buddhism and Sikhism, the history of each flag design is ultimately unique.

Best Places to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

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Whether you’re Irish or Irish at heart, St Patrick’s Day is an international festival, bringing everyone together with a whole lot of drinking, dancing and green outfits!

St Patrick’s Day or St Paddy’s Day as it’s more colloquially known, is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17. Traditionally, St Patrick’s Day marks a celebration of the life of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle – but in more recent years, it’s become famed for drinking, parades, merriment… and a whole lot of Guinness. While 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed daily around the world, on St Patrick’s Day that number rises to 13 million pints, that’s a whole lotta drinkin! This year St Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, so grab something green and get ready to take part in one of the most exciting world celebrations. But where in the world celebrates St Patrick’s Day in style? Let’s take a look…

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Dublin – something for everyone

Dublin is Ireland’s largest city, famed for their iconic St Patrick’s Day celebrations! Although most cities in Ireland put on raucous celebrations on 17 March, Dublin is fun for all, offering alternative ways to celebrate with the family, as opposed to with beer.  Celebrations kick off with the main parade, which stretches over 2.5km from Parnell Square to St Patrick’s Cathedral, featuring; bands, fancy dress, performers and giant puppets, ideal for entertaining the kids. When you’re in the mood to drink, head over to the Temple Bar area where you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of drink deals, music, events and Guinness hats. If you get the chance, visit the Guinness brewery close by for a spot of tasting. St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin span over four days from March 14 to 18 –  guaranteed to be big, loud and most importantly, fun!
 
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Downpatrick, County Down – for those who love history

Downpatrick, County Down is one of Ireland’s most ancient and historic towns and plays a key part in the history of St Patrick. This is the place where St Patrick is rumoured to be buried, a slice of information that the people of Downpatrick are proud of and keen to share. Located in Northern Ireland, just southeast of Belfast, Downpatrick holds the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations outside of Dublin. The traditional Cross-Community Carnival Parade is at the heart of the celebrations, giving everyone an excuse to take to the streets for some light-hearted festive fun. If you want to immerse yourself in history and celebrations, the best way to get to Downpatrick is to fly to Belfast with Easyjet. From there, it’s a 40-minute drive down the A7 motorway.

 
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Cork – for those looking to drink

Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and ‘other capital city’ according to many who hail from the county – but when it comes to St Patrick’s Day, the rivalry between Dublin and Cork can be intense. Celebrations in Cork are boisterous with people filling the pubs to grab a pint of Guinness; however, Cork’s claim to fame when it comes to St Patrick’s Day celebrations is that it holds the title for the shortest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world: This takes place in Dripsey, Cork, where the parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs. Dripsey is only a half-hour drive from Cork city centre so it might be worth heading there. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, the city has its own parade that runs from the South Mall to the Grand Parade, along St. Patrick’s Street, finishing at Merchant’s Quay. It also holds a festival that incorporates a food and crafts market, music, street performers and children’s workshops, ideal for all the family.

Other world cities that celebrate St Patrick’s Day
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New York, USA

New York hosts the biggest St Patrick’s Day Celebration in the world, thanks to their massive Irish heritage. In the state of New York, there are seven times as many irish Americans as there are Irish people living in Ireland! Each year, the huge parade attracts two million spectators since it first began in 1762. The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th Street, starting at 11 am precisely each year.

 
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Chicago, USA

Chicago hosts one of the most iconic St Patrick’s Day celebrations – each year, the Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate on March 17. This has been a tradition since 1962, and the dye isn’t harmful to the environment! Each year, 400,000 spectators gather to see the river turn green, while a parade always takes place on the Saturday closest to the day. Similar to the celebrations held in Chicago, the fountain on the south lawn of the White House in Washington DC has been dyed green on St Patrick’s Day during the time Barack Obama served as President.

 
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London

Since growing into a multi-cultural festival, London has began a tradition of parades to celebrate the city’s deep Irish roots. More than 150,000 people turn out for the event, which sees energetic and vibrant displays being performed on Trafalgar Square.

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Six Nations Rugby 2017

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The annual Six Nations Rugby championship is one of the most illustrious tournaments on the rugby calendar. Each year, the national teams of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy battle it out to be crowned kings of the nations. Close neighbours will battle for victory, with Scotland and Ireland kicking off the Six Nations 2017 tournament on Saturday 4th February in Edinburgh. Later the same day will see Le Crunch when England meet France at Twickenham.
The Six Nations tournament started life as the Home Nations Championship (1883–1909 and 1932–39), which was contested by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who were later joined by France in the Five Nations and then Italy to complete the line-up for today’s competition.

SIX NATIONS 2017 FIXTURES

Round 1
04/02/2017 14.25 Scotland v Ireland
Edinburgh
04/02/2017 16.50 England v France
London
05/02/2017 14.00 Italy v Wales
Rome

 

Round 2
11/02/2017 14.25 Italy v Ireland
Rome
11/02/2017 16.50 Wales v England
Cardiff
12/02/2017 15.00 France v Scotland
Paris

 

Round 3
25/02/2017 14.25 Scotland v Wales
Edinburgh
25/02/2017 16.50 Ireland v France
Dublin
26/02/2017 15.00 England v Italy
London

 

Round 4
10/03/2017 20.05 Wales v Ireland
Cardiff
11/03/2017 13.30 Italy v France
Rome
11/03/2017 16.00 England v Scotland
London

 

Round 5
18/03/2017 12.30 Scotland v Italy
Edinburgh
18/03/2017 14045 France v Wales
Paris
18/03/2017 17.00 Ireland v England
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Venezuela Flag Facts

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The current flag of Venezuela was adopted on 12th March 2006. The flag consists of a horizontal tricolour of yellow, blue and red. Across the blue band is an arch of eight white stars. The inclusion of the National Coat of Arms in the top left corner is optional.

The use of a tri-colour of yellow, blue and red dates back to 1811. The flag was designed by Francisco de Miranda (a military leader and Venezuelan revolutionary) – the background of the flag was exactly the same as the Colombian flag with the addition of an Indian female holding a lance with Phrygian cap sitting on mound whilst admiring a resplendent sunset. This original design was hoisted for the first time on March 12th, 1806 at Jacmel, Haiti as Miranda’s expedition set sail on the final leg of its voyage to Venezuela in an attempt to liberate the country (unsuccessfully). The flag was first flown over Venezuelan soil at La Vela de Coro, on August 3rd. Until August 3rd, 2006, Flag Day was celebrated in Venezuela on March 12th – since 2006 the date has changed to August 3rd. The flag was later adopted by  the National Congress of 1811.

In 1813, after a civil war where the Royalists were defeated, a second republic was formed and a new flag adopted. The flag composed of a black square over a white diamond shape on a red flag. The flag only lasted until 1814 when the republic ended.

Since 1817, Venezuela has always used the yellow, blue and red horizontal tri-colour with various additions including numerous coats of arms, shields and stars.

In 1930 a design was adopted which incorporated the familiar tri-colour with seven stars in an arch representing the provinces of Venezuela (Caracas, Cumana, Barcelona, Barinas, Margarita, Merida and Trujillo). An eighth star was added in 2003 to represent the province of Guayana.

The colours of the Venezuela flag are said to be representative as follows – traditionally yellow symbolises the wealth of the land, blue stands for the seas around Venezuela and the rivers that run through it and red represents the courage and blood spilt by the Venezuelan people for their independence from Spain.

For more info on historical flags of Venezuela click here.

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Vietnam Flag Facts

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The flag of Vietnam consists of a yellow star on a red background. Red is the colour often associated with the international communist movement. The Vietnam flag uses red to symbolise its social revolution and the blood lost in achieving this. The star represents the five classes of society in Vietnam – intellectuals, farmers, workers, businessmen and military.

Prior to the WWII, Vietnam had been under French rule. The Vietnam flag was first used in November 1940 at an uprising in southern Vietnam against French rule. In 1941, the flag was used by the Viet-Minh (a communist led organisation in Vietnam) to protest against Japanese occupation.

At the end of WWII, the Viet-Minh leader, Ho Chi Minh, proclaimed Vietnam independent from French rule and on 5th September 1945 signed a decree adopting the flag as the flag of North Vietnam. The flag was slightly modified in 1955 (the edges of the star were made sharper) and is still used today.

South Vietnam (also known as the Republic of Vietnam) was recognised internationally as a country in 1949 after anti-communist politicians formed a rival government to Ho Chi Minh. South Vietnam adopted its own flag consisting of a yellow background and three red horizontal stripes. The red symbolising the peoples blood running through the whole country. The flag was used by South Vietnam until 1975 after the fall of its capital Saigon and Vietnam became a unified communist country. This yellow flag is still used today by Vietnam immigrants, most of whom fled in the late 1970s and 1980s to escape the communist regime.

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Australia Flag Facts

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One of the most recognisable national flags has to be the iconic Australian flag which displays the Union Jack along with the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross on a blue field. So, when was the Union Jack first seen on Australian soil?

Lieutenant James Cook (a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy) landed at Botany Bay on the 29th April 1770 and used the flag to represent the British Empire (this was the first Union Jack introduced in 1606 which did not include the cross of St Patrick), and was again used during the European settlement of the country on the 26th January 1788. There were six British colonies and each had its own flag based on the Union flag.
The first flag to use the Southern Cross (seen on today’s Australia flag) was the Australasian Anti-Transportation League flag – designed by Reverend John West in 1849. Australasian Anti-Transportation League opposed penal transportation (British sending convicts to Australia).
Once the Europeans became more settled in the country during the 19th century two attempts were made to introduce an original national flag. The first attempt was named the National Colonial Flag created in 1823–1824 by Captains John Nicholson and John Bingle. The flag was very similar to the current white ensign of the Royal Navy, with the addition of four eight pointed stars on each limb of the red cross. A more popular national flag of the period was the 1831 Australian Federation Flag, also designed by Nicholson. This flag was very similar the Colonial flag with one difference – the red cross was changed to blue. The flag became more popular during the second half of the 19th century when the calls for a federation were growing stronger.
As the Federation of Australia approached (the joining of the six British colonies to form the Commonwealth of Australia) a joint competition run by the new Commonwealth Government and the Melbourne Herald was held for the public to design a new flag of Australia. There was a whopping 32,823 entries, with five very similar entries declared as the winners. The differences to the current flag were the six-pointed Commonwealth Star, while the components stars in the Southern Cross had different numbers of points, with more if the real star was brighter. This led to five stars of nine, eight, seven, six and five points respectively. In 1903 the flag went through a slight change when all the stars of the Southern Cross bar the smallest were changed to seven-pointed. The flag is infamous for being approved by King Edward VII.
The final change to the flag saw the Commonwealth Star changing to a seven-pointed version on the 23rd February 1908.The seven points represent the six colonies plus an extra point to represent the colonies collectively.
The use of the Southern Cross constellation depicts Australia’s geographical position.

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Armenia Flag Facts

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In Ancient times, the Armenian’s would enter battle displaying carvings such as dragons, lions or eagles mounted on poles. With the introduction of Christianity, the Armenian’s adopted a number of different flags which represented the various dynasties – the flags again incorporated images such as eagles and lions.
In the 19th century, Armenia was split between the Persian and the Ottoman Empires, which marked a period where the country did not have a recognised flag.
In 1885, the Armenian Students Association of Paris requested a flag be designed by Catholic priest Father Ghevont Alishan. He designed two flags, but one was deemed too similar to the Bulgarian flag (same colours upside down). The second flag designed at the end of the 19th century was similar to the French tri-colour but with colours red, green and blue – the flag is known as the ‘Nationalist Armenian Flag’. The colours were said to represent the rainbow that Noah saw after landing on Mount Ararat.
During the 20th century, the flag of Armenia saw a number of changes as the country was annexed by the Russian Empire before gaining independence and becoming part of the Soviet Union, and finally became an independent country adopting the flag we see today.
The current flag of Armenia is a resplendent red, blue and yellow vertical tri-colour, with the definition of the colours explained in the Armenian constitution as follows, “The red emblematises the Armenian Highland, the Armenian people’s continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the Christian faith, Armenia’s independence and freedom. The blue emblematises the will of the people of Armenia to live beneath peaceful skies. The orange emblematises the creative talent and hard-working nature of the people of Armenia”.

More Armenia flag info can be found here

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Yemen Flag Facts

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On 22nd May 1990, Yemen (Republic of Yemen) became one country after the unification of North Yemen and South Yemen.
The Flag of Yemen was adopted on 22nd May 1990. The flag is the same as the Arab Liberation Flag of 1952. This flag was the inspiration for the flags of North and South Yemen prior to unification. The design of the Yemen flag is a horizontal tricolour of red, white and black. These colours are the Pan-Arab colours along with green.
The red represents the bloodshed lost in the country’s struggle for independence, white symbolises hope for the future, and black stands for the country’s dark days of the past.
North Yemen was an independent state from 1918 to 1962 and was known as the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen. The flag used changed three times during this period but was always a red background. From 1918 to 1923 it was a plain red flag, from 1923 -1927 it was a red background with Arabic wording and from 1927-1962 it used the red background with a white Arabian sword and 5 stars on it. From 1962 to 1990 North Yemen (now also known as Yemen Arab Republic) created another new flag. This flag had the red, white and black triband with a green star on the white band – green being the other Pan-Arab colour and also the colour of Islam.
South Yemen (also known as The People’s Democratic Republic) was a socialist state and a satellite state of the Soviet Union. Its flag, until unification with North Yemen in 1990, was a red, white and black triband but with a sky-blue triangle on the left side with an angled red star inside; the red star symbolising socialism.
For more info about historical Yemen flags click here.

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Argentina Flag Facts

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The flag of Argentina was first used by Manuel Belgrano (an Argentine economist, lawyer, politician and military leader) with the original design based on the Cockade of Argentina which Belgrano had created during the Argentine War of Independence after noticing both the royalist and patriotic forces were using the same colours – Spain’s yellow and red. The flag used the same blue and white colours seen on the current Argentina flag but with a different layout – 3 equally spaced vertical stripes of white, blue and white. Belgrado sent a letter to the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (modern-day Argentina) body of government (the First Triumvirate) informing of them of the new flag, which was promptly rejected; policy at the time was to state that the government was ruling on behalf of King Ferdinand VII of Spain who was captive of Napoleon, whereas the creation of a flag was a clear act of independence. However, by the time the reply was received, Belgrado had moved on, and on August 23, 1812 he had reached Buenos Aires where the flag was flown atop the Church of Saint Nicholas of Bari. Still not knowing about the Triumvirate’s refusal, Belgrano raised the flag at San Salvador de Jujuy and had it blessed by the local church on the second anniversary of the May Revolution. When order arrived at Salta, Belgrado swiftly accepted it and stopped using the flag.
The current governing body was eventually replaced by the Second Triumvirate who agreed the flag could be used as a war flag, with its first outing at the Battle of Salta which saw the Army of the North led by Belgrado defeat the Royalist troops led by Pío de Tristán.
The flag was finally declared as the national flag by by the Congress of Tucumánin 1816 with the design now being the more familiar vertical tri-colour of blue, white, blue.
In 1818 the Sun of May (May referring to the May Revolution which took place in the week from 18th to 25th May 1810, which marked the beginning of the independence from the Spanish Empire) was added to the war flag, and it was soon decided to also use it in the national flag. Over the years the flag has stayed almost the same, with a few minor alterations – for more info click here.

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