National symbols of Albania

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The national symbols of Albania are the symbols that are used in Albania to represent what is unique about the nation, reflecting different aspects of its culture and history. The symbols may also be used in the Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece (Chameria), Serbia (Preševo Valley) and by the Arbëreshë in Italy.

Official symbols[edit]

Type Image Symbol
National flag[1] Flag of Albania.svg Flag of Albania

The flag of Albania (Albanian: Flamuri i Shqipërisë) is a red flag with a black double-headed eagle in the centre. A banner with a double-headed eagle is attested as having been used by several Albanian principalities since the early Middle Ages such as the Muzaka, Thopia, Kastrioti and Dukagjini families.[2][3][4]

National colours Civil Ensign of Albania.svg Red and Black

Red and black was used much earlier but officially by the League of Lezhë (1444–1479).

Coat of arms[1] Coat of arms of Albania.svg Coat of arms of Albania

Adopted by Albanian Parliament in 1992.

National anthem[1] Himni i Flamurit

"Himni i Flamurit" was the anthem of the all Albanian states since 1912, composer Romanian Ciprian Porumbescu. Original title "Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire". Lyrics translated in Albanian by Romanian of Albanian origin poet Victor Eftimiu

National motto Ti Shqipëri, më jep nder, më jep emrin Shqipëtar

You, Albania, give me honor, give me the name Albanian

Unofficial symbols[edit]

Type Image Symbol
National hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu.jpg Gjergj Kastrioti
National flower Mak.jpg Red Poppy
National tree Alcornoque y lentisco.jpg Olive
Patron saint OurLadyGenazzano02.jpg Our Lady of Good Counsel
National instrument Çiftelias.jpg Çiftelia
Lahuta QKVF.jpg Lahuta
National clothing The symbol of Albanians.JPG Qeleshe
Opinga-mbathje per femije.JPG Opinga
Les Danseurs Albanais by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (c. 1835).jpg Fustanella

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FLETORJA ZYRTARE E REPUBLIKËS SË SHQIPËRISË. "PËR FORMËN DHE PËRMASAT E FLAMURIT KOMBËTAR, PËRMBAJTJEN E HIMNIT KOMBËTAR, FORMËN DHE PËRMASAT E STEMËS SË REPUBLIKËS TË SHQIPËRISË DHE MËNYRËN E PËRDORIMIT TË TYRE" (PDF). qbz.gov.al (in Albanian). Tirana. pp. 2, 14.
  2. ^ Hasan Celâl Güzel; Cem Oğuz; Osman Karatay; Murat Ocak (2002). The Turks: Ottomans (2 v. ). Yeni Türkiye. p. 2v. Albanian tribes such as Bua, Muzaka ... Kostandin Muzaka
  3. ^ Fine 1994, p. 290.
  4. ^ Antonina Zhelyazkova (2000). "Albanian Identities" (PDF). pdc.ceu.hu (in Albanian). p. 4.