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It is of great importance that our country – even more
important – that the publication “Flags
and Stamps” will be represented by the owner of this blog, Mr Sekhar Chakrabarti during the 25th International Congress of
Vexillology, Netherlands Flag
Congress 2013, to be held in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands, from 5th August to 9th August 2013.
During this vexillological world congress about 50
national member organizations of the Federation
Internationale des Associations Vexillologiques(FIAV) will be represented
(with over 150 participants from all over the world) and interchange knowledge
on the history, tradition and importance of flags from all over the world.
Congress Center (ECC)
Tentative Minute to Minute Programme of the Congress
The following is a tentative schedule for the 25thICV 2013, the Netherlands Flag Congress 2013 at Engels Congress Center (ECC)in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This
schedule is subject to change as Congress officials finalize the details.
August 5, 2013
08.00-10.00 x Registration of
delegates at Engels Congress
(ECC), hand out of documents
08.30-08.45 x Coming together: the Rotterdam International Flag Parade
at the Boompjes Boulevard
08.45-10.30 x hoisting of official flags in the Flag Parade; commemorative photo
at the Flag Parade and trip by bus to Engels Congress Center.
10.30-10.40 x Welcome by the President of the Netherlands Vexillological Association /
of Vexillology Foundation in ECC / Kriterion Room
10.40-11.00 x Opening of the 25thInternational
Congress of Vexillology by the President of the FIAV in ECC/Kriterion Room
11.30 x Reading of papers in ECC:
11.30-12.00 - Key note speech; Paper
12.00-12.25 - Paper 2
14.00-14.25 - Paper 3
14.30-14.55 - Paper 4
15.20-15.45 - Paper 5
15.50-16.15 - Paper 6
16.20-16.45 - Paper 7
17.15-18.45 x Reception offered by
the Rotterdam City Council in the
City Hall at Coolsingel.
Hall at Coolsingel
August 6, 2013
08.30-11.00 x Board meeting &
General Assembly in ECC
11.30 x Reading of papers in ECC:
11.30-11.55 - Paper 8.
12.00-12.25 - Paper 9
14.00-14.25 - Paper 10
14.30-14.55 - Paper 11
15.20-15.45 - Paper 12
15.50-16.15 - Paper 13
16.20-16.45 - Paper 14
16.50-17.15 - Paper 15
August 7, 2013
Hague Peace Palace
09.00-17.15 x Vexillological tour
(with luncheon) to The Hague Peace
Palace (Dutch: redespaleis)The Hague Flag Parade and an exhibition of old flags of the National Ethnological Museum.
19.00-22.00 x Boat trip through the port of Rotterdam.
August 8, 2013
08.30 x Reading of papers in ECC
08.30-08.55 - Paper 16
09.00-09.25 - Paper 17
09.30-09.55 - Paper 18
10.20-10.45 - Paper 19
10.50-11.15 - Paper 20
11.20-11.45 - Paper 21
11.50-12.15 - Paper 22
12.20-12.45 - Paper 23
14.00-14.25 - Paper 24
14.30-14.55 - Paper 25
15.20-15.45 - Paper 26
15.50-16.15 - Paper 27
16.20-16.45 - Paper 28
16.50-17.15 - Paper 29
18.30-21.30 x Visit to the exhibition ofnineteenth
century hand painted Dutch flags in the Rotterdam Maritime Museum.
Rotterdam Maritime Museum
August 9 2013
09.00 x Reading of papers in ECC
09.00-09.25 - Paper 30
09.30-09.55 - Paper 31
10.00-10.25 - Paper 32
10.45-11.10 - Paper 33
11.15-11.40 - Paper 34
11.45-12.10 - Paper 35
14.00-14.25 - Paper 36
14.30-14.55 - Paper 37
15.00-15.20 x - Paper 38
19.00-22.00 x Official closing buffet dinner and awards in the Laurens Church
August 10 2013
Post Conference tour
11.30-12.30: x Guided tour in the National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam
Dutch vexillologist Theun Okkerse is the
designer of the 25th ICV Flag.
25th International Congress of Vexillology (ICV)will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from August 4 to 10, 2013simultaneously the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the Fédération
Internationale des Associations Vexillologiques (FIAV),amid flag-related tours, seminars,
and meetings among various vexillologists
on specific topics. The Netherlands Vexillological Association, the
Netherlands Flag Museum Foundation and the Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation, the
three Dutch partners joined forces to organize the 25th ICV. http://www.nfc2013.com/
Flag parade of FIAV-members (photo: Francisco Gregoric)
The International Federation of
Vexillological Associations (FIAV) is the umbrella organization of flag-studies associations
worldwide. Itsmembers (on six
continents) pursue Vexillology - the study of flags of all kinds, their history
and their symbolism. FIAV's aim is
to promote vexillology as science, to
coordinate the activities of its members, to facilitate the exchange of
information, and to bring the vexillologists
of the different countries closer together. Today FIAV is an international community of over one thousand
specialists and friends of flags of all kinds, organized in national or
regional organizations.Since 1965, the vexillologists of the world meet every
two years in an International Congress, hosted by one of its member
associations. Since 1969, FIAV has
sponsored the biennial International
Congresses of Vexillology(ICV).
Previous Congresses have been held in Muiderberg (1965), Zürich and Ruschlikon
(1967), Boston (1969), Turin (1971), London (1973), Ijsselmeer (1975),
Washington D.C. (1977), Vienna (1979), Ottawa (1981), Oxford (1983), Madrid
(1985),San francisco (1987), Melbourne (1989), Barcelona (1991), Zürich (1993),
Warsaw (1995), Cape Town (1997),Victoria
(1999), York (2001), Stockholm (2003), Buenos Aires (2005), Berlin (2007), Yokohama
(2009), and Alexandria (2011).
The FIAV Flag is rectangular in 2:3 proportions.
On royal blue field appear two horizontally positioned halyards, reaching from
the hoist to the fly, which form in the centre of the flag the "vexillological
halyards symbolize Vexillology, the science of flags. The blue field of the flag
and the two halyards recall navigation, which made flags known all over the
world. The knot is symbol of friendship between vexillologists of all nations. The two loops of the knot represent
the close ties between the two hemispheres of the world. The two halyards cross
the flag from one end to the other--and beyond--thus marking the almost
unending field of vexillological research.
The four ends of the halyards and the two loops together make "6", as
there are six continents, expressing FIAV's international character.
Sierksma (Netherlands) originated the idea to symbolize FIAV with a knot
formed by halyards on its flag. In 1967 a committee of the 2nd International
Congress of Vexillology make slight
changes to Sierksma's proposal and asked Paul
Krog to make the final design.
Woman with vexillum
(circa 100 BCE)
Dr. Whitney Smith (b. 1940) is recognized world over as the Father of Vexillologists. The term Vexillology, which Smith
originated in his 1958 article Flags of the Arab World, refers to the scholarly analysis of all
aspects of flags. In his own words “When I went to the New York Public
Library as a teenager (18), I discovered that flags were lumped in with
heraldry and similar topics. I felt that the study deserved a name of its
own, which I coined: vexillology—vexillum being the Latin
word for flag and ologythe Greek word for the study of”.
In 1961, Boston University student WhitneySmith, 21 and New
York City high school teacher Gerhard
Grahl , 26 set out the initial issue of the world’s first journal devoted
entirely to flags. Publication of No. 1 of The Flag Bulletin, in October
1961 can be considered the “birthday of vexillology”because it signaled the first
international, public, scholarly, and ongoing commitment to the study of flags.
(The Flag Bulletin, No 118, Vol. XXXV, No 5, p.163). The following year, Smith
established the Flag Research Center
Smith worked with Klaes Sierksma to
organize the First International
Congress of Vexillology at Muiderberg, Netherlands in 1965. Thereafter they
joined Louis Mühlemann in founding the Fédération internationale des
associations vexillologiques or The
International Federation of Vexillological Associations, known by its
acronym—FIAV, which was formally
inaugurated in 1969.
was also responsible for founding the North
American Vexillological Association (NAVA) in 1967. NAVA's Whitney Smith Award for an outstanding
contribution to North American vexillology
is named in Smith's honor.
W. Smith has written several books on the subject of flags, notably Flags
Through the Ages and Across the World, The Flag Book of the United
States, and Flag Lore of all Nations.
Smith was the designer of the national Flag
of Guyana and has served as a vexillographer (flag designer) to a number of
governments and organizations.
My first contact with Dr Whitney Smith, Director of the Flag
Research Center, Winchester, Mass.
Prof. MichelLupanttook this photo of Dr. Whitney
Smith on 24 July 2011 in his home in Winchester (The Flag Research Centre). Dr. Smith has in his hand the Vexillum he had manufactured himself
when he was young and began his flags collection.
MichelR. Lupant: President
of the International Federation of Vexillological Association (FIAV), and the
founder of the Belgian European Flags Studies Centre.
26thMarch, Independence Day (Shadhinata
of Bangladesh.The day commemorates the country's declaration of
independence from Pakistan
on late hours of 25 March 1971. The day is a memorial to the deaths of
thousands of civilians who died for their own Mother Language in erstwhile East
Issue Date: 29-07-1971
Format International Printing Press, U.K.
Theflag of Bangladesh
used during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.
map was later deleted in 1972 from
the flag. The Red disc represents
the sun rising over the Golden Bengal
(Soner Bangla), recalls the blood of those who died for the independence
of Bangladesh. The Green field may
have been inspired by its association with Islam but in the flag the colour stands
for the lushness of the land of Bangladesh.The flag is said to have been designed by Serajul Ilam, whose name means “Light of the Flag”.
stamp issued on 10 April 1973, in
commemoration of the inauguration of the first Parliament on 26-3-1971, which gave
itself a constitution on 16 December 1972. The stamp shows its
National Flag with the Shapla - the National Flower of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh in United Nations
Bangladesh joined the UN in 1974
Freedom is heralded by hoisting of a new
national flag. Inclusion of that flag in front of the UN building in New York
is the symbolic equivalent of being recognized as a real country. (The Indian National Flag unfurled through Philately
(Niyogi Books, p.107).
Bangladesh National Day and Anniversary of Independence