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Ethnic minorities in Bulgaria

Last modified: 2006-06-09 by rob raeside
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The Cultural and Educational Association of Karakachani

image by Jorge Candeias, 20 October 2005

In 1991 The Cultural and Educational Association of Karakachani in Bulgaria was established, based in the city of Sliven (renamed Federation of the Cultural and Educational Associations of Karakachani in Bulgaria in 1995). The federation has a logo, called  flambura, i. e., a banner. The origin of that "flag" comes from the traditional Karakachani wedding banner. As to the ethnonym "Karakachani", it is in conformity with Bulgarian ethnological issues (including the English edition of the book Communities and Identities in Bulgaria, Longo Editore Ravenna, 1999, ISBN 88-8063-210-8), unlike the Greek Sarakatsani. Stoyan Antonov, 14 June 2001

The flag is close to a square and its charges are so adequate for a square flag that I can't help wondering whether this image should, in reality, be square. Based on this hunch, I drew the image here showing a square dark red flag with a thin white border decorated in the corners with square spirals and enclosing a golden yellow Greek cross. It's attached.

Jorge Candeias, 20 October 2005