Sunday, February 12, 2012

REVISED ~ Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 13 through 19, 2012

Here are this week's flags that will be flying on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel.  I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about them.

Monday           ,           February          13                    Ghana and Pennsylvania
Tuesday           ,           February          14                    Greece and Puerto Rico

The flag of Greece (popularly referred to as the galanolefki or the kianolefki, the "blue-white"), officially recognized by Greece as one of its national symbols, 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 symbolizes Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the established religion of the Greek people of Greece and Cyprus. According to popular tradition, the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase "Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος" ("Freedom or Death", "E-lef-the-ri-a i Tha-na-tos"), the five blue stripes for the syllables "Έλευθερία" and the four white stripes "ή Θάνατος". The nine stripes are also said to represent the letters of the word "freedom" (Greek: Ελευθερία). There is also a different theory, that the nine stripes symbolize the nineMuses, the goddesses of art and civilization (nine has traditionally been one of the numbers of reference for the Greeks).The official flag ratio is 2:3.

Wednesday      ,           February          15                    Grenada and Rhode Island
Thursday          ,           February          16                    Guatemala and South Carolina
Friday, February 17  ~~ By Special Request:  Poland and New York
Saturday,           February          18                   Guinea and South Dakota

The flag of the state of South Dakota represents the U.S. state of South Dakota with a field of sky blue charged with a version (in navy blue on white) of the state seal in the center, surrounded by gold triangles representing the sun's rays, surrounded in turn by inscriptions in gold sans-serif capitals of "SOUTH DAKOTA" on top and "THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE" (the state nickname) on the bottom. The inscription on the bottom was "THE SUNSHINE STATE" before it was changed in 1992.
According to a 2001 survey by the North American Vexillological Association, South Dakota’s flag was the fifth-worst (68th out of 72) U.S. and Canadian subnational flag in design quality, in a contest that included all Canadian provincesUS states and US territories. It was criticized in particular by the association for the unnecessary repetition of the state name.

The flag of Guinea:

History ~~ The colors of the flag were adapted from those of the Rassemblement Democratique Africaine, the dominant movement at the time of independence. The colors were in turn derived from those of Ghana, which had first adopted them in 1957. Sekou Toure, the first President of Guinea, was a close associate of Kwame Nkrumah, the former president of Ghana. Red symbolizes the people's sacrifice, yellow represents the sun and the riches of the earth, and green the country's vegetation.

Colours ~~ In keeping with other flags in the region, the Pan-African movement's colours of red, yellow, and green are used. As a former French colony it may be no coincidence that the design is a tricolour. The colours of the flag from left to right are the reverse of the flag of Mali.

Sunday ,           February          19                    Guyana and Texas

And I hope to see you here.


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