Last modified: 2006-08-19 by ivan sache
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Flag of Aračinovo - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 June 2006
The bilingual municipality of Aračinovo (Macedonian name) / Harachinë (Albanian name) (11,992 inhabitants in 2002, 91% of them being ethnic Albanians; 31.3 sq. km) is made of the town of the same name, located some 10 km east of Skopje, and of the three settlements of Grušino / Gruchinë, Mojanci / Mojance and Orlanci / Orlance.
Željko Heimer & Ivan Sache, 18 June 2006
A photography on the municipal website shows the Mayor of the city with a flag behind him. In fact that flag is a rejected proposal; it hasabove the shield a scroll with the name of the municipality in Albanian only. According to the Law, the name should have been written in Macedonian, and, if wished, in the second official language of the municipality, Albanian.
Coat of arms of Aračinovo - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 June 2006
The municipality eventually chose a flag of a similar design without scroll and with a shield with sharp edges.
Valentin Poposki & Jovan Jonovski, 26 June 2006
Former flag of Aračinovo - Image by Ivan Sache, 1 March 2002
The former municipal flag of Aračinovo is in proportion 3:5, appparently showing a red mountain under a blue sky and above a green lake or meadow, with a white stripe symbolizing the shore (?).
In the lower left part of the flag is placed a large yellow star fimbriated in green and white. Another four smaller, yellow stars rotated 45° are placed on the slope of the mountain.
The explanation of the flag might be rather far fetched, but possibly the shape in the flag suggest the ending slopes of the mountain Skopska Crna Gora that ends just north of Aračinovo.
Source: Macedonian Ministry of Local Self-Government website (page no longer online)
Ivan Sache & Željko Heimer, 1 March 2002