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Village of Xewkija (Gozo/Ghawdex Island, Malta)

Last modified: 2006-03-18 by santiago dotor
Keywords: malta | gozo | ghawdex | xewkija | thistles: 2 | plants: 2 (thistles) | cross: maltese |
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image by Dirk Schönberger, exported to GIF by António Martins, 28 October 2002

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The coat-of-arms of Xewkija is [blazon] Or a fess Gules between two thistles Proper.

António Martins, 1 March 2000

The Xewkija local council website shows a picture of the banner-of-arms flag in this picture of the first elected council (1994-1996). However, several much more recent photographs in this webpage show a local flag which is not a banner of the arms but a white flag with the (shield-shaped) arms on it.

Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Heraldry website explains, "Xewkija has thorns on its arms as Xewkija comes from xewk which means thorns".

Santiago Dotor, 16 March 2006

Possible Former Flag

[Possible Former Flag, Village of Xewkija (Gozo/Ghawdex Island, Malta)] 3:5
image by Ivan Sache, 28 February 2000

The village of Xewkija in Gozo island flies the pre-1943 flag of Malta defaced with a Maltese cross counterchanged. Source: Strickland 1999 [str99].

Ivan Sache, 28 February 2000

If the yellow-with-red-stripe-and-two-thistles flag was already in use in 1994, when was this possible former flag used?

Santiago Dotor, 16 March 2006