25.04.2022 - The Circassian flag is symbol of unity of the Circassian nation

25 April 2022, residents of the republic of Adygea, the Kabardino-Balkarian republic and Karachay-Circassian Republics will celebrate the Day of the Circassian Flag.

The Day of the Circassian Flag is celebrated by Circassians (Adyghe) around the world on April 25. The Circassian Flag is one of the main symbols of the Circassian nation. It is a green rectangular field, on which three crossed golden arrows and 12 golden stars are depicted.

The symbolism of the Circassian Flag was explained by Barasbi Bgazhnokov, Doctor of Historical Sciences.

It is believed that 12 stars on the flag symbolize 12 Circassian tribes, but this is not true. In fact, in the early 19th century, there were more than 20 such tribes, but by the end of the Russian Caucasian War they were less than 12. The idea was to use this symbol: 12 parts of the whole. The Circassian language has an idiom: 12 parts of the whole body, that is, there is a whole, consisting of 12 parts; thus, 12 has a symbolic, not literal meaning.

The arrows depicted on the flag symbolize peace, not war. Three arrows are a symbol of peace, not war. When a Circassian went to the reception, paid a visit, or went to a wedding, he was armed, but he took three arrows in such cases. But when a Circassian went to a battle or a fight, he took 30 arrows.

The Day of the Circassian Flag is important not only for the Circassians living in Circassia, in the Caucasus, but also for the Circassians all over the world. It has a unifying function.