Hungarian Flag

Hungarian Flag



The Flag of Hungary - Description of the Hungarian Flag
  • As the above picture of the Hungarian Flag indicates the background is tri-color - red, white and
  • The description of the Hungarian Flag of Norway is as follows:
    • three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white (middle) and green (bottom)
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Hungarian flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
    • Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance

  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Hungarian flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )
  • The Meaning & History of the Hungarian Flag - the history of Hungary was enmeshed in the triangle
    with Poland and Bohemia

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
  • Increase your knowledge - Play the Flag Quiz
Hungarian Flag Etiquette
  • Hungarian Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Hungarian as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Hungarian
    • State Flag of Hungarian
    • Military Flag of Hungarian (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Hungarian
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Hungarian Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Hungarian should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Hungarian flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Hungarian should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Hungarian flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Hungarian, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a new flag
Terminology & Etiquette in Hungarian Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Hungarian flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Hungarian flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Hungarian flag to the top, then lowering the Hungarian Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Hungarian flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Hungarian flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Hungarian flag
  • The Hungarian flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Hungarian flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Hungarian flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Hungarian Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Hungarian Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource

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Location: Central Europe, northwest
of Romania

  • Hungarian Land Size : 92,340 sq km
  • Hungarian Climate / Weather : temperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers
  • Hungarian Population : 10,032,375 (July 2004 est.)
  • Hungarian Capital City: Budapest
  • Hungarian GDP: $139.7 billion (2003 est.)
  • Hungarian Main Industries : mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles
  • Hungarian Agricultural products : wheat, corn, sunflower seed, potatoes, sugar beets; pigs, cattle, poultry, dairy products
  • Hungarian Currency : forint (HUF)
  • Main Colors of the Hungarian Flag : red, white and green
The Celts and Ancient Hungarian History
  • Bronze and Iron Age - The emergence of the Celts across Europe
  • 400BC - By this time the ancient culture of the Celts had settled in many European countries including Austria, Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Western Germany, Northern Spain, Turkey and Hungary
  • The Celts were people from various tribes and were called Galli by the Romans and Galatai or Keltoi by the Greeks. These terms all had one meaning in common - barbarian
  • It is from the greek Keltoi that Celt is derived
  • Despite the name of Barbarian the Celtic society was based almost entirely on pastoralism and the raising of cattle or sheep
  • 15 BC The Romans had begun to extend their empire. Gallia (in English Gaul) is the Roman name for the region of Europe occupied by the Celts. The word Gaul commonly refers to a Celt inhabitant of that region in ancient times
  • 224 - 220 BC - Rome conquered the Celts
  • 390 BC - The Celts sacked Rome
  • 280 BC - The Celts sacked many Greek cities
  • 390 BC - The Celts sacked Rome
  • 50-100AD - The spread of Christianity
  • 476 AD The Roman Empire collapsed
  • Middle Ages - Various different cultures emerged in the lands of the Celts and the history of each country changed accordingly
  • The above information provides a concise background to the Ancient Hungarian civilisation
Concise History of Hungary & its Flag
  • Hungary was founded by Arpad, who led the Magyars into the Pannonian plains
  • 997-1038 King Stephen (also proclaimed a Saint) of the Arpad dynasty ruled the Hungarian country
  • 1241 - 1242 The Mongolian Tartars invasion caused devastation
  • 1458-1490 King Matthias reigned
  • 1526 War with Turkey - the Turks defeated the Hungarians beginning 150 years of Turkish occupation
  • 1541 Hungary was divided into three parts
    • The Turks ruled Central Hungary
    • The Habsburg dynasty governed west Hungary
    • The Hungarians ruled the South Hungary
  • 1703-1711 Hungarian War, led by the Prince of Transylvania, against the Habsburgs failed
  • 1848-1849 Hungarian Revolution and the Habsburg Emperor was dethroned but the Habsburg rule was re-established with the help of Russia
  • 1867 Hungary reached a compromise with the Habsburgs initiating a double-centred monarchy in Vienna and Pest-Buda
  • 1873 Pest, Buda and Obuda were unified forming Budapest as a major European city
  • 1914 - 1918 First World War - Hungary fights on the losing side and the monarchy collapses
  • 1920 - The Trianon Treaty reduced Hungary's area by two thirds and the population by one third
  • 1938-1940 Germany raise treaties in Munich and Vienna in which Southern Slovakia and Northern Transylvania were returned to Hungary
  • September 1939 World War II starts
  • 1944 The Nazis occupy Hungary
  • August 1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • 1945 The Allies of World War II defeat Germany
  • 1945 The Soviet Union liberated then occupy Hungary
  • 1956 Hungarian revolution against Stalinism was defeated
  • 1990 The Soviet Union army leaves Hungary and a Hungarian democracy is set up

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