The Greek Flag
The pattern and colors of the Greek Flag haven't changed a lot since the Revolution of the Greek Nation in 1821. Many people wonder why the founders of the Hellenic Democracy have chosen the symbols, patterns and colors that appear on the National Flag of Greece. It is difficult to unreveal the true intentions of the people responsible for the selection of the flag. This is a personal attempt to interpret the designs and colors of the flag and its relation to Greece and Hellenism.
The Designs and Patterns of the Flag
The number of the lines is based on the number of the syllables in the Greek phrase: Eleutheria H Thanatos (Freedom or stop ).
Freedom or stop was the motto during
the years of the Hellenic Revolution against the Ottoman Empire in the 19nth
century [There are claims that the number of lines reflects the number of letters
in the greek word for Freedom which equals 9]. This word stirred the heart of
the oppressed Greeks, it created intense emotions and inspired them to fight
and gain their freedom after 400 years of not free ry.
The line pattern was chosen because of their similarity with the wavy sea that surrounds the shores of Greece. The interchange of blue and white colors makes the Hellenic Flag on a windy day to look like the Aegean Pelagos. Only the quaint islands are missing! The Greek Square Cross that rests on the upper left-side of the flag and occupies one fourth of the total area bad spirit strates the respect and the devotion the Greek people have for the Greek Orthodox Church and signifies the important role of Christianity in the formation of the modern Hellenic Nation. During the dark years of the Ottoman rule, the Greek Orthodox Church helped the enslaved Greeks to retain their cultural characteristics: the Greek language, the Byzantine religion and generally the Greek ethnic identity, by the institution of the Crypha Scholia (hidden schools).
The Crypha Scholia were a web of schools that operated secretly throughout Greece and were committed in transmitting to the Greeks the wonders of their ancestors and the rest of their cultural heritage. Today, Christianity is still the dominant religion among Greeks. Therefore the existence of the Cross is justified.
The colors of the Flag
Blue and White! These two colors symbolize the blue of the Greek Sea and the Whiteness of the restless Greeks waves! According to the mythic legends, the Goddess of Beauty, Aphrodite emerged from these waves. In addition, it reflects the blue of the Greek Sky and the White of the few clouds that travel in it. There are some who suggest that the blue and white was symbolizes the similar color of the clothing.