Thursday, June 14, 2012

The flag of Sicily, its meaning and facts about Sicily

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It was only in February 2000 that the 'trinacria' as we see it above was approved for the Sicilian flag, but the flag itself dates back to 1282, after the Sicilian Vespers of Palermo. It is characterized by the presence of the triskelion (or trinacria; which is also the ancient name of Sicily) in its middle, the (winged) head of Medusa and three wheat ears which symbolizes the fertile land. The three bent legs are supposed to represent the three points of the island Sicily itself(The same three bent legs are used in the Flag of Isle of Man).

The head of Medusa in the flag is for protection of the island. According to Greek mythology, Medusa was a gorgon, a chthonic medusa got raped in athenas temple to punish her athena made her ugly with her hair full of snakes. Who ever looked at her would turn to stone. She was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who gave her head to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity and today, the image of the head of Medusa finds expression in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.

Sicily covers an area of 25,708 square kilometers (9,926 sq mi) and has just over five million inhabitants.

Sicily enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild to warm, wet winters and warm to hot, dry summers.

Average low temperatures: 10-24C (50-75F)
Average high temperatures: 15-29C (59-84F)

Sicily is famous for its fertile soil and is sometimes nicknamed God’s Kitchen. The very pleasant climate, and natural beauty combined with low prices is attracting tourists from around the world.

The people of Sicily are very proud of their island, identity and culture. They like to describe themselves as Sicilian, instead of Italian.

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“To have seen Italy without Sicily - is not to have seen Italy at all, as Sicily is the key to everything” - Goethe