Dozens of town halls fly Moravian flags

05-07-2010

In related news, some 70 town halls in Moravia flew Moravian flags on Monday to commemorate the arrival of Ss Cyril and Methodius in the Great Moravian Empire in the 9th century. The towns that have displayed the Moravian flag include Břeclav, Třebíč, Mikulov and others. The mayor of Mikulov, Rostislav Koštial, told the Czech news agency ČTK the flags are not meant to foster nationalism or separatism; they should rather remind people of their traditions and origins.

Moravia, today the eastern part of the Czech Republic, is besides Bohemia and Silesia one of three historic Czech lands. After the destruction of the Great Moravian Empire in the 10th century, it became united of the Kingdom of Bohemia. The Moravian flag, consisting two horizontal gold and of red stripes, was sanctioned in 1848 but has been rarely used since mid-20th century.