Moon and Star

Yun’s here! When you first time come to the Istanbul, you will easily realize that there are flags everywhere. I felt the same way when I first came to America, however, here Istanbul has A Lot more!

Giant flag in the Taksim squre

Giant flag in the Taksim squre

Turkish flag is one of the flag that I can draw exactly even colors!!!(say proudly, but I know everyone dose) I remember my Chinese friend said one time about the stars and red in the flag something about the communism, but what about the pretty combination with moon! Plus, red is one of my a few favorite ‘colors’ out of black and white) Recently, 23rd of April was the children’s day and this coming Friday will be another Turkish holiday known as Labor and Solidarity Day. Borrowing some pictures from Jack’s post, from my experience, holiday is the flag festival! When we went to Eyup cemetery and waited for the cable-car for an half hour with children and parents. Right before we took the cable-car, cute clown makeup girls were handing litlle paper flags to us. When we got to the top, we enjoyed the view and on the way down, I gathered some more flags from other girls and generally distribute to all cute little children on the way down with my generous smile.

SALT Galata

SALT Galata

Every boat

Every boat

Our Home Street

Our Home Street

This was my very shallow knowledge and experience about the Turkish flag, but let’s dig into it! Turkish people called the flag as ‘Ay yildiz’ meaning moon and star. The design of the Turkish flag is derived from the Ottoman flag in the late 18th or early 19th century. One interesting story about the star and the moon, in the BC 4th century, Macedonian military tried to invade the Byzantium through breaking the walls at night, they found this from moon light and save the country. Other than that, according to legend, after Kosovo battle in 1398, refers mysterious moon and stars reflection in a pool of blood of Turkish warriors. There are still many stories. Most people will wonder about two distinguish characteristic in the flag, the color and the star and moon. Crescent moon and star is a common symbol of Islam. According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions, symbolism is associated with colors. White represent peace and honesty and read represents hardiness, bravery, and strength,  Colors and design closely resemble the modern day of Turkish, Ottoman Empire.

Bred Pic on the boat with Cay

Bred Pic on the boat with Cay

I think a flag, as one of the most influential icon of one country, has a very important role. I can feel some pride of country itself from flag all around, united people, and guess Turkish people feel sense of belonging. I have never notice back in home, Korea the big flag as turkey has, some small flags in the front of government building, or in national holiday, or maybe I was not that pay attention. So I wonder, Turkey has some rule or planning system that has to have flag in certain distance, it’s that many. Or if it’s just cultural thing, I felt really good about citizens themselves willing to hang the flags everywhere and be proud of it. The definition of flag is ‘a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities.’ As itself, I believe it is important to know for understanding one country and it dose really mean Turkey! Hope this was a chance to understand Turkey better!

Fishing the Flag!

Fishing the Flag!

2 weeks left!

One comment

  1. Good observations. But I associate Many Flags with intense nationalism and I question the merits of intense nationalism. That’s a discussion for another time.

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