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Balashov city (Saratov Region, Russia)

g. Balaŝov

Last modified: 2021-08-26 by valentin poposki
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г. Балашов

Balashov City Flag
image by Victor Lomantsov, 02 Oct 2002
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About the flag

Ratio 3:2. Blue symbolizes river Khopyer (Qoper | Хопер); yellow, steppe, “wild field”; red, local name of the region: Chervlyonyy Yar (Ĉervlënyĭ Âr | Червлёный Яр), Red Cliff. Source: official web site
Victor Lomantsov, 02 Oct 2002

What’s on the coat of arms — calabasses, pumpkins, mellons? The canton shows the regional arms, of course. As for the colors, the mentioned symbolism is nice, but I “sniff” also a Don Cossack influence. This city is located on the Don basin and the connection with Don Cossacks is quite probable, even if their main territory is further to SW.
António Martins, 17 Dec 2002

The flag for Balashov city (Saratov Region, Russia) depicts watermelons (not gourds or pumpkins or squash), for which the region is famous. Watermelons grown in this region are shipped in late summer to Russia's major cities, including Moscow, where they are esteemed as a seasonal delicacy.
Richard Greene, 3 Feb 2007

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