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Some time ago I talked with a German girl about the use of flags in Germany. She told me that the only time it is seen as okay to be waving the German flag is at sport events and official buildings. The rest of the time the fear of feeling national pride is too big. It is in fact so bad that some Germans even feel uncomfortable when they see other countries waving it at hotels and the like.

In Scandinavia we use our flags completely different, but it’s not like in North America where you see flags everywhere as a sign of national pride.
Every time we have a celebration of any kind we raise the flags, because here our flags doesn’t so much symbolise national pride as much as it has become a symbol of happiness, joy and having a good time. And something I haven’t seen in other countries is that we use it when celebrating birthdays. So if you walk by a house here and see 20 small flags in the front yard, it’s not because the people living there are nationalists. It just means someone is celebrating their birthday.

We even put the flags on Christmas trees like so http://www.museum-sonderjylland.dk/BILLEDERNE/web-dansk-juletrae.jpg http://naturvern.imaker.no/data/b/0/98/41/7_2701_0.jpg http://www.airynothing.com/photos/2005_Christmas_Montreal/2005_Christmas_Montreal-Thumbnails/108.jpg :XD:


12th August 2010

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713 Comments:
 
2 days ago #9392156        

@KRyptic good use of the song.



15 days ago #9385644        

When I visited Texas, the Texas flag was everywhere as an antidote to the American Flag. Unless it was Federal Building (like post office) Texas Flag always was seen alongside USA flag. Texans are very proud that they were a republic before they were an American state, and for this reason gives them the right to fly their state flag at same height as national flag. Many Texans consider they are Texans first and Americans second. Many of them disown George Bush Sr. as a "faux texan" as his family were from New England (North eastern USA) and he simply bought himself a "toy ranch" and called himself a Texan rancher.



KRyptic

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16 days ago #9384987        

@pn3105 Yepp, totally correct about the first and third stanza of our national anthem.

Problem was that idiot Hitler -eeeerr, no, cut the idiot, that's an insult to all idiots- used the first stanza plus the Horst-Wessel-song so successfully in combination that nobody remembers the original meaning of the first stanza.

The current national anthem was created during a time when there was no real "Germany" per se, rather there were dozens (or even hundreds, depending on the time during the 19th century) of principalities that were split up into the Germanic states, but not a single nation. Dito for the German flag, but in reversed order top-to-bottom.

That's what the "Germany above everything" was supposed to signify - not that they were better than others, nor that they were Bavarians, Swabes, Saxons, Hessians, or one of the many other composite regional principalities. No, they were supposed to see themselves as "Germans" first, and then as whatever state they lived in. Not that they were supposed to be better than anyone else in the world, or above anyone else. No, it was 'first be a German, then worry about the rest of your background later'.

It was a unification call, not a call to rule over the world. Yet that <censored, censored, censored> damn f'ing <censored> Hitler totally royally f'ed it up by slathering in that coat of shhh...- -ameful inferiority-complex he must have had.

Luckily that idiot didn't like the black-red-gold tricolor of the Weimar Republic because he believed it was a slander to Germany. Otherwise we would have had to invent a new flag, too, after WWII.

So, be proud of the great things from Germany's history, and abhor the horrible things that happened.
"Never forget; never repeat." But not as a mantra, only as a reminder. ;-)



18 days ago #9384248        

No kidding, the American flag has been EVERYWHERE in the U.S., especially since the Cold War. There's one in every public school classroom, and it's still customary for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to it every morning. It's one of my least favorite parts of being a teacher, because it's CREEPY AS SHIT. >.>


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27 days ago #9379354        

I'd prefer that, because in America, as soon as July comes around its like I want to rip my eyes out because seeing red, white, and blue EVERYWHERE!!!>:C



Mimikami

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1 month ago #9377248        

I don't understand, why Germans feel so uncomfortable. It is nothing to be ashamed of. I'm living in Bavaria (part of Germany) and the Bavarians I know love waving around with the Bavarian flag. :D



Svear

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2 months ago #9371010        

A flag is a flag.

I wave the swedish flag as often as I can, because I can!



2 months ago #9368137        

LOL One of my step-sisters had her bathroom all in red and White. LOL



2 months ago #9361664        

Poor Germany :(



4 months ago #9342734        

In Mexico September is the patriotic month because we have our independence anniversary and other mayor celebrations, and you can see flag waving arround everywere. The other time that is like that is when our foot ball (Soccer) national selection win an important match.



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