Sunday, April 01, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 2 through 8, 2012

Monday, April 2 ~~ Monaco and New Mexico
Tuesday, April 3 ~~ Mongolia and New York
The National flag of Mongolia is comprised of three vertical stripes which are equal in size and shape. The stripe in the middle portion is blue in color and the left and right band are red.
'Soyombo' formed in columns, is a geometrical presentation for water, earth, fire, moon and sun is present on the left hand side of the Mongolia flag.  The 'Soyombo' represents the national logo of the flag. 
The red band stands for freedom, advancement and the blue color presents the sky. The symbol of fire at the top of the flag stands for opulence and rejuvenation. The sun and the moon on the flag symbolize the universe.

Wednesday, April 4 ~~ Montenegro and North Carolina
Thursday, April 5 ~~ Morocco and North Dakota

The flag of Morocco (Berber: Acenyal n Umerruk, Arabic: علم المغرب‎) is made of a red field with a black-bordered green pentagram. Red has considerable historic significance in Morocco, proclaiming the descent of the royal Alaouite family from the Prophet Muhammad via Fatima, the wife of Ali, the fourth Muslim Caliph. Red is also the color that was used by the Sherifs of Mecca and the Imams of Yemen. 

From the 17th century on, when Morocco was ruled by the Alaouite Dynasty, the flags of the country were plain red. In 1915, during the reign of Mulay Yusuf, the green interlaced pentangle was added to the national flag. While Morocco was under French and Spanish control, the red flag with the seal in the center remained in use, but only inland. Its use at sea was prohibited. When independence was restored in 1956, it once again became the national flag.

The red background on the Moroccan flag represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valour, while the green, five-pointed star represents the Solomon’s seal.

On May 8, 2010, a Moroccan flag with a size of 60,409.78 meters squared, weighing 20 tonnes, was set in Dakhla, a city in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. It was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest flag ever draped. The Moroccan flag is also used by the Moorish Science Temple of America.

Friday, April 6 ~~ Mozambique and Ohio
Saturday, April 7 ~~ Myanmar and Oklahoma

Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, adopted a new state flag on 21 October 2010 to replace the former flag in use since 1974. The new flag was introduced along with implementing changes to the country's name, which were laid out in the 2008 Constitution.

The design of the flag has three horizontal stripes of yellow, green and red with a five-pointed white star in the middle. The three colours of the stripes are meant to symbolise solidarity, peace and tranquility, and courage and decisiveness.

Sunday, April 8 ~~ Namibia and Oregon

There were no special requests for flags this week, so flags will fly in this order (alphabetical of the states, and of the countries of the UN) on the front of the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

If you have a special request, call 978-825-4444 or 4322.

I hope to see you here.


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