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Greek Flag

Greek Flag

Ref: GF09

Dimensions: 2 X 3 and 3 X 5 feet

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Product Description:Durable nylon 2 X 3 or 3 X 5 feet flag of Greece (great for outdoor use) - Zito I Ellas!

The flag of Greece (Greek: Simea Tis Ellados, popularly referred to as the Galanolefki, the "blue-white") is based on nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white. There is a blue canton in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross; the cross symbolises Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of the people of Greece. According to popular tradition, the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase "Eleftheria i Thanatos" ("Freedom or Death"), the five blue stripes for the syllables "E-lef-the-ri-a" and the four white stripes "i Tha-na-tos". There is also a different theory, that the nine stripes symbolize the nine Muses, the goddesses of art and civilization.

The blazon of the flag is Azure, four bars Argent; the canton Azure with a Greek cross throughout Argent. The shade of blue used in the flag has varied throughout its history, from light blue to dark blue, the latter being increasingly used since the late 1960s.

The above patterns were officially adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus on January 13, 1822. Blue and white have many interpretations, symbolizing the colors of the famed Greek sky and sea (combined with the white clouds and waves).

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