11 October 2018

#1644 Romania

Hora, also known as horo and oro, is a type of circle dance originating in the Balkans but also found in other countries.

Hora (pl. hore) is a traditional Romanian folk dance where the dancers hold each other's hands and the circle spins, usually counterclockwise, as each participant follows a sequence of three steps forward and one step back. The dance is usually accompanied by musical instruments such as the cymbalomaccordionviolinvioladouble basssaxophonetrumpet or the pan pipes.

The hora is popular during wedding celebrations and festivals, and is an essential part of the social entertainment in rural areas. One of the most famous hore is the Hora Unirii (Hora of the Union), which became a Romanian patriotic song as a result of being the hymn when Wallachia and Moldavia united to form the Principality of Romania in 1859. During the 2006/2007 New Year's Eve celebration, when Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union, people were dancing Hora Bucuriei (Hora of Joy) over the boulevards of Bucharest as a tribute to the EU anthem, Ode to Joy (Odă bucuriei). Some of the biggest hora circles can be found on early 20th century movies filmed by the Manakis brothers in Pindus, Greece and performed by local Aromanians.

Thank you, Mihnea !

Sent on: July 16, 2018
Received on: July 23, 2018

20 July 2018

#1643 Maldives

The flag of the Republic of Maldives is green with a red border. The centre bears a vertical white crescent; the closed side of the crescent is on the hoist side of the flag. It was adopted on 25 July 1965.

The red rectangle represents the boldness of the nation's heroes, and their willingness to sacrifice their every drop of blood in defence of their country. The green rectangle in the centre symbolises peace and prosperity. The white crescent moon symbolises the Islamic faith.

Thank you, Jade !

Received on: July 19, 2018

#1642 Nepal

The national flag of Nepal (Nepaliनेपालको झण्डा) is the world's only non-quadrilateral national flag. The flag is a simplified combination of two single pennons (the vexillological word for pennants), known as a double pennon. Its crimson red is the colour of the rhododendron, Nepal's national flower, while the blue border is the colour of peace. Until 1962, the flag's emblems, the sun and the crescent moon, had human faces, but were removed to modernise the flag.

The current flag was adopted on 16 December 1962, along with the formation of a new constitutional government. It borrows from the original design, used throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, and is a combination of the two individual pennons used for more than 2,000 years.

Thank you, Foysal !

Received on: July 12, 2018

#1641 Roosta, Estonia

Sent on: July 10, 2018
Received on: July 11, 2018

#1640 Spain

Thank you, Paula !

Received on: July 9, 2018

#1639 Estonia - Ukraine - Netherlands - Canada - USA - Taiwan

Thank you !

Received on: July 5, 2018