In Greece the flag is the symbol of national pride and patriotic virtue and it shows the history of the country since the Ottoman Occupation. There are two names that can characterize the greek flag, ”The Blue White” or ”The Azure and White.
The Greek flag is more than just an official state flag. Let’s find out the meaning behind the beautiful colours and the desing of the Greek flag…
There are many theories about the meaning behind the flag. The flag is a coultural and historical symbol of Greece. There is a white cross in the upper quadrant of the flag that shows the religion of the majority of greeks, that they are Orthodox Christians. On the other hand the blue and white stripes symbolize each syllabe in the greek phrase, ‘Ελευθερια η Θανατος” which means ”Freedom or Death”..
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Although there is another theory which seems to believe that each of the nine stripes corresponds to each of the nine muses from Greek Mythology. As for the white and blue colours are said to represend the contrast between the sky and sea of Greece.
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There aren’t many reliable theories regarding to the beginning of the Greek Flag and most people don’t realize that the current Greek flag was adopted in 1978. Before that there were several designs with few similarities but despite the changes of desings throughout the years, Greece never remained without a flag.