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Pan-Slavic colours

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The Pan-Slavic colours, red, blue and white, are colours used on the flags of some Slavic peoples and states in which the majority of inhabitants possess a Slavic background. Their use symbolizes the common origin of the Slavic peoples. Originally, it was the flag of the Russian Empire turned upside down. The Russian three colours were adopted in the course of the Pan-Slavic movement of the 19th century Europe. Poland, however, possessed a white-and-red flag before the movement, which were based on earlier influences; it is unrelated to the Russian flag. Likewise the Ukrainian flag is also based on earlier influences.


The flag of Bulgaria also originated from the same Pan-Slavic colours, but the blue was replaced with green, because Bulgaria was developed as an agricultural country after its independence in 1878. The flag of Eastern Rumelia, a former Ottoman province that united with Bulgaria in 1885, also consisted of the same colours.


The flag of Montenegro used to consist of the same colours (in the same order as in the flag of Serbia, but with a brighter hue of blue) until it was changed in 2004.


These three colours are, symbolising freedom and revolutionary ideals, also used on the flags of many non-Slavic nations.


Flags of some republics and autonomous okrugs of Russia with non-slavic titular nation (e.g. Chukotka Autonomous Okrug) incorporate the panslavic tricolor to symbolize both their being part of Russia and significant presence of Russian population.

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Yes, that is quite true, but it doesn't say what the acual colours represent.


When my country was named Jugoslavija(Yugoslavia) - which actually means 'South Slavens' or something like that - JUG=South..., colours of the flag were blue-white-red, and those were, for example, colours of the national footbal team (blue shirts,white shorts, and red socks). At that time blue was representing the sky, and red-blood spilled for freedom or something like that. Don't know if the white meant that white people lived there, don't know that....


Anyway it's history now, and you see the Serbian flag as it is now.


The crest with the white two-headed eagle has it's own story, but I'm sure you'll look it up in the Wikipedia if you are interested ;)


Glad you are showing interest in Serbian stuff :icon_lol:



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