An ethnic flag is a flag that symbolizes a certain ethnic group. Ethnic flags are often introduced to the ethnic community through the respective cultural or political ethnic movements. They are popular among ethnic minorities and some ethnic majorities, especially in multiethnic countries.
The concept of an "ethnic flag" is a thoroughly modern one, derived from the idea of a national flag. Strictly speaking, the national flags of nation states are also "ethnic flags", and often so used by ethnic minorities in neighbouring states, especially in the context of irredentism (e.g. the flag of the Republic of Albania used as an "ethnic Albanian flag" by Kosovar Albanians).
"The Assyrian flag was designed by George Atanos in 1968. The flag has a white background with a golden circle at the center (which represents the sun), surrounded by a four-pointed blue star (which symbolizes the land). Four triple wavy stripes start from the center and represent the three major rivers of the Assyrian territory: the Tigris, the Euphrates and the Great Zab".
Aramaic-Syriacs (Middle East)
"The flag chosen by the Aramaeanist faction to represent the Syriac nation is based upon a relief retrieved in Tell Halaf representing a winged sun disk. In the flag, the sun was replaced by a flame symbolizing the Holy Spirit".
Sami people (Sápmi)
"The Sami flag, inaugurated during the 13th Nordic Sami Conference in Åre, Sweden, on 15 August 1986, was created by Astrid Båhl (se). It is based upon a previous project by Synnøve Persenthe and upon the poem "Paiven parneh" ("Sons of the Sun"), written by Anders Fjellner, describing the Sami as sons and daughters of the sun".
Luxembourgers (Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany)
"The Red Lion is the Civil Ensign of the Gran Duchy of Luxemburg. In 2006, the banner was proposed as the new national flag. On 6 July 2007, the Government of Luxembourg refused the proposal, but, at the same time, established the equal status of this flag and the Official Tricolor. Instead, in the Belgian province of Luxemburg, the Red Lion has not an official status, but it (with a different shade of blue) is of common use: it is used even by the Provincial Council on public buildings or in official occurrences".
Romani people (Europe and Brazil)
“The Romani flag (O Styago le Romengo), approved during the first World Romani Congress, was created by the General Union of the Roma of Romania (Uniunea Generala a Romilor din Romania), in 1933. The flag contains a red Chakra, in the centre, representing the migratory heritage of the Romani people”.
Yiddish people originally from Central and Eastern Europe, Yiddishland, located now in Europe, Israel and America
^"Zazaistan". Flags of the World. April 24, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2010. FOTW shows this banner as the alleged flag of Zazas. Moreover, according to an article published in Le Monde, signed by Lucien Philippe, the site states that the flag has been used in several ethnic riots until 1980. Finally FOTW shows other three flags that are not supported by any source definable as reliable.
^"Estatuto de Autonomía de Canarias" (in Spanish). Gobierno de Canarias. Retrieved June 13, 2010. The flag, which was made official by the Organic Law 10/82 on 16 August 1982, is based upon the original design attributed to Carmen Sarmiento, Jesús Cantero and Arturo Cantero and adopted by the Canarias Libre movement in 1961.
^"Estatuto de Autonomía de Aragón" (in Spanish). Boletín Oficial de Aragón. April 23, 2007. Retrieved April 10, 2010. The Statute defines Aragonese People as an "historical nationality".
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^"Rusyn Symbols". Academy of Rusyn Culture in the Slovak Republic. Retrieved June 12, 2010.