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Flag of Sirač, two versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 23 August 2016
The municipality of Sirač (2,546 inhabitants in 2001, 1,606 in the village of Sirač) is located 60 km south-east of Bjelovar. Beside the Croat majority (71%), in Sirač live also Serbs (~ 15%) and% Czechs (10%).
Željko Heimer, 13 November 2011
The symbols of Sirač are prescribed by Statutory Decision Statutarna odluka o opisu i uporabi grba i zastave Općine Sirač, adopted on 19 December 2006 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 29 January 2007 in the County official gazette Županijski glasnik Bjelovarsko-bilogorske županije, No. 1. Statutory Decision Statutarna odluka o izmjenama i dopunama Statutarne odluke o opisu i uporabi grba i zastave Općine Sirač, adopted on 23 November 2009 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 3 December 2009 in Županijski glasnik Bjelovarsko-bilogorske županije, No. 25, changes the legal responsibilities regarding the grant of the use of the symbols in accordance with the changes in the municipality's administrative structure, without changing anything to the design of the symbol.
The symbols are described in Articles 4-6 of the current Municipality Statutes Statut Općine Sirač, adopted on 31 August 2009 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 8 September 2009 in Županijski glasnik Bjelovarsko-bilogorske županije, No. 19.
The symbols were designed by Berislav Schejbal, an archaeologist in the Museum of Daruvar, with a number of scientific works published in journals.
Decision Odluka o izradi prijedolga matrice za grb i zastavu Općine Sirač, adopted on 7 April 2005 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 13 July 2005 in Županijski glasnik Bjelovarsko-bilogorske županije, No. 13, orders the design of the symbols from an author. The municipality decided to accept the proposal by Berislav Schejbal to produce a "matrix". The Decision lists the tasks he would perform in the job, as follows:
- elaboration and familiarization with the legal prescriptions of Croatia regarding heraldry (standards, regulations, guidelines);
- advice, monitoring and coordination with the offices of the State administration in charge of the production and adopting of the new symbols;
- work in libraries and archives to retrieve historical data regarding the production of the matrix of the symbols;
- harmonization and elaboration of historical data and the current contents of the coat of arms;
- compliance with the legal heraldic regulations of Croatia during the production of the symbols;
- production of a vectorized graphical depiction of the coat of arms matrix using computerized technology;
- production of a vectorized graphical depiction of the flag matrix using computerized technology;
- production of the historical explanation of the proposal of the new symbols of the %unicipality of Sirač.
The Decision provides for 6,400 HRK (ca. 850 EUR), 1,400 to be payed on the signing of the contract, 2,000 after the delivery of the matrix and 3,000 after the approcal of the symbols by the State authorities.
The flag (photo, photo, photo) is described as "in proportions 1:2, blue with the coat of arms, bordered yellow, in the middle".
The flag appears to have been also used, prior to 2015, with the municipality name inscribed on each side of the coat of arms (photo).
Željko Heimer, Marko Vitez & Tomislav Šipek, 23 August 2016
Coat of arms of Sirač - Image by Željko Heimer, 13 November 2011
The coat of arms is described in the Decision as "In a blue field on a white wall a yellow cannon and in chief a white stylized lily."Berislav Schejbal (see Likovni predložak grba i zastave Općine Sirač - Artistic stencil of the coat of arms and flag of the Municipality of Sirač, 2007) (notice) blazons the coat of arms as u plavom polju na bijelom bedemu žuti top koji nadvisuje bijeli stilizirani ljiljan, more or less, "Azure on a wall argent a cannon or and in chief a fleur-de-lis also argent". The designer's explanation for the "historical background" of the coat of arms is:
The fleur-de-lis symbolizes the parish church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1334) in the market-place (opiddum) Sirač. The cannon and the walls symbolize the medieval feudal stone castle of Sirač (Zirch), and since 1542, the Turkish border fortress (Sirče).
Željko Heimer & Tomislav Šipek, 13 November 2011