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History of Macedonian Flag

Facts and History of Macedonian Flag

The flag of Macedonia is a red field with a gold sun in the center of the flag.

Eight rays extend out from the sun which is an adaptation of the Star of Vergina. The sun represents the new sun of liberty which is mentioned in the national anthem.

This flag was adopted on 5 October 1995 making the Macedonian flag one of the newest flag in the world. Independence from Yugoslavia on 8 September 1991.

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Greece made an objection to the name of Macedonia for the new country since they had a province with the same name and didnít want the new nation to try annexing the Greek Macedonia.

Greece also objected to the use of the Star of Vergina from the Alexander the Great flag being on the Macedonian flag from 1991 to 1995. Greece claimed the star was of Greek origin and was not a Slavic symbol.

Macedonia passed a law that no other national flag could be displayed on public buildings. This had quite an effect on the Albanian flags more then any other. Albanians from Macedonia waged demonstrations in Albaniaís capital of Tirana.

From 1944-1946 the nation was known as the Peopleís Democratic Republic of Macedonia. The flag was a red banner with a gold outlined star in the middle of the flag.

In 1946 the star was moved to the upper left corner, called the canton. 1992 saw the eight point Vergina starís appearance on the Macedonia flag. Red is the color which is seen consistently on this flag.

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