September 19 – the National Flag Day of the Republic of South Ossetia

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On September 19, South Ossetia celebrates the National Flag Day.

The flag is one of the most important symbols of the state, along with the Coat of Arms and the anthem.

State symbols are an integral part of any independent country, which expresses the idea of sovereignty and carries deep cultural meaning. The events of the past and the hopes for the future are concentrated in state symbols; they evoke pride and unite the people.

The formation of the Republic of South Ossetia is inextricably linked with the establishment of the Ossetian tricolor. The desire to have national symbols was a form of self-identification of the South Ossetian people. Recreated by the participants in the national liberation movement in 1989, the Ossetian tricolor has been inspiring the defenders of the Motherland to victory all these years, has been uniting the Ossetian people in the fight for their rights, and encouraging workers, intellectuals and athletes to new achievements.

The national flag of South Ossetia is a rectangular panel consisting of three equal stripes - white, red and yellow (gold). The colors of this flag have been well known since the Alan antiquity. White color symbolizes spirituality, purity, wisdom; red – right, strength, courage; yellow – prosperity, abundance, wealth. This is a traditional color scheme for the Ossetian culture, which generally embodies the idea of world and social harmony.

Tskhinval, September 19, 2023