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Hajdina (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Hajdina]by Zeljko Heimer

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Description of the flag

The flag and arms are prescribed by decision Odlok o uporabi grba in zastave Obcine Hajdina, adopted on 30 June 1999, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 101/2000.

The symbols were designed by Valt Jurecic of Heraldika d.o.o. and Heraldica Slovenica, who kindly provided drawings from which the images shown on this page were made.

The flag of Hajdina is of a design characteristic of the Slovenian municipal flags. An cross of unusual shape is made of a combination of an horizontal division in three stripes and a vertical division in three unequal stripes, which is often known as Canadian pale. Therefore, the flag has four rectangles, one in each corner, while the main field forms an unusual wide cross. The vertical arm of the cross is square and bears some attribute from the coat of arms as a rule.
The flag overall ratio is 2:5. It can be easily shown that the corner rectangles should be 1/3 H x 3/4 H, H being the flag height.

The flag of Hajdina has such a green cross on a yellow field, with Mithras and the bull from the coat of arms as central attribute.

Zeljko Heimer, 3 August 2002

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms is divided with a golden bar into a green field above and a blue one below, the latter containing five white wavy stripes. Walking on the bar is a man figure wearing black sandals clead in yellow and with yellow hood holding on his back a white ox by the back legs.

The figure is identified in the aforementioned Decision as Mithras, a Roman god, described in Enciklopedija JLZ (1968) as follows:

Mithras, Indo-Iranian god of Sun and lights, in the Vedas closely related with Varun, a diety punishing the guilty. Mithras gives courage and sturdyness to people; he protects the righteous, provides for the peace to the nations; he is patron of the contracts, alliances and friendship. Mithras' cult spread into Babylonia together with Persian expansion, where it was connected with the cult of Sun god Shamash, from which he gained many Chaldean elements. The cult spread to Asia Minor, and to the Greek-Roman sphere where it gained as Mithraism the form of a mystery. The "invincible" god became popular within the Roman armies which spread his cult throughout the Empire, identifying him with the Sun (Deus Sol Invictus Mithras). The traces of the cult are best preserved along the borders of the Empire, especially along Rain and Danube rivers, and there ae traces in our regions [i.e. former Yugoslavia], in many places. The Mithras cult had many formal touching points with the Christian service, just as well as the ethic contents of the Mithraism was close to Christian (sturdy life and, as reward for it, blessed life in the next wolrd). Therefore the Christianity had to fight Mithrianism much longer than the other Greek-Roman religions.

Zeljko Heimer, 3 August 2002

Vertical flag

[Vertical flag]by Zeljko Heimer