Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 28 through June 3, 2012

Here are this week's flags.  There were no special requests.

Monday , May 28 Tajikistan and New Jersey

Tajikistan was the last of the former Soviet republics to reveal a new flag(TajikПарчами Тоҷикистон/پرچم تاجیکستان), which was adopted in November 1992. The one common link between this and the 1953 SSR flag is the choice of colors - red, white and green. The former Tajik SSR, sometimes referred to as the "Tadzhik SSR" (RussianТаджикская ССР), added white and green stripes to the flag of the USSR. The striping also emphasizes Tajikistan'sPersian culture, as Iran's flag has the same stripes (although red and green are reversed).
The crown represents the Tajik people, the name itself arguably is derived fromtajvar, which means "crowned". In traditional Tajik cultural aspects the number "seven" is a symbol of perfection, the embodiment of happiness and the provider of virtue. According to Tajik legendIslamic heaven is composed of seven beautiful orchids, separated by seven mountains each with a glowingstar on top. The middle white stripe is one-and-a-half times the size of the red and green stripes. The red represents the unity of the nation and the symbol of the sun and victory; the white represents purity, cotton, the snow on the mountains and the unity of the people; and green stands for the spiritual meaning of Islam and represents the generosity of nature of the country. The symbol charged in the middle of the white stripe is a crown surmounted by an arc of seven stars.

Tuesday , May 29 United Republic of Tanzania and New Mexico

The Daughters of the American Revolution pushed New Mexico to design a contemporary and unique flag in 1920. A contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera ofSanta Fe, New Mexico. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia sun symbolfound at Zia Pueblo on a 19th century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia. Four is a sacred number which symbolizes the Circle of Life: four winds, four seasons, four directions, and four sacred obligations. The circle binds the four elements of four together. His winning design is the flag that the state uses today.[1] The salutation, “I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures," was many years ago commonly recited in New Mexico public schools after the United States pledge of allegiance.

Wednesday, May 30 Thailand and New York

The flag of the Kingdom of Thailand shows five horizontal stripes in the colours red, white, blue, white and red, with the middle blue stripe being twice as wide as each of the other four. The design was adopted on 28 September 1917, according to the royal decree about the flag in that year; the Thai name for the flag is ธงไตรรงค์ (Thong Trairong), meaning tricolour flag. The colours are said to stand for nation-religion-king, an unofficial motto of Thailand, red for the land and people, white for Theravada Buddhism and blue for the monarchy, as having been the auspicious colour of King Rama VI. As the king had declared war on Germany that July, some note the flag now bore the same colours as those of Britain and France.

Thursday , May 31 Timor Leste and North Carolina
Friday , June 1 Togo and North Dakota
Saturday , June 2 Tonga and Ohio
Sunday , June 3 Trinidad and Tobago and Oklahoma

If you have a special request, call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  I hope to see you here.


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