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Hajdina (Municipality, Slovenia)

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Flag of Hajdina, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 3 August 2002

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Flag of Hajdina

The flag and arms of Hajdina are prescribed by Decision Odlok o uporabi grba in zastave Občine 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 Jurečič 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 Slovene municipal flags. A cross of an 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 proportions are 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 god Mithras and the bull from the coat of arms as the central attribute.

The new issue of Hajdinčan expected prior to Easter 2000, will include an opinion poll on what citizens want to have in the arms and the flag. The municipal councillors suggested mostly either god Mithras or St. Martin.
Two proosals were submitted to the "Slovenian heraldic society" for evaluation. The Mayor favored one with Mithras and St. Martin, while his Deputy would like to see a design depicting "regional characteristics".
The symbols were inaugurated on 16 November 2000.
[Tednik, 30 March 2000, 10 June 2000, 16 November 2000]

Željko Heimer, 6 February 2017

Coat of arms of Hajdina

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Coat of arms of Hajdina - Image by Željko Heimer, 3 August 2002

The coat of arms of Hajdina 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 wearing black sandals clad in yellow and with a yellow hood holding on his back a white ox by the back legs.
The figure is identified in the 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 deity 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 rivers Rhine and Danube, 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 Christians had to fight Mithraism much longer than the other Greek-Roman religions.

Željko Heimer, 3 August 2002