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I don’t often spend time considering the merits of flags but today it is appropriate (in fact, it would be rude not to). Consider the striking sky blue and white bands of the Argentinean flag. In my opinion the Argentinean flag is one of the most attractive of all the flags currently fluttering above official buildings all over the world, so I’m pleased it has its own day of celebration each year. I’m also extremely happy because this day of celebration allows us to take a little break midweek. Every June 20th is Flag Day which makes June 20th a public holiday (one of a massive 17 days this year – Argentina has a healthy respect for the public holiday.)

Argentina’s flag was first raised in 1812. Día de la Bandera Nacional is celebrated on June 20th in commemoration of the flag’s creator, General Manuel Belgrano, who died on June 20th, 1820.

No one really knows why General Manual Belgrano chose the colours he did. And when my family visited they weren’t sure why some Argentinean flags had a sun in the centre and others didn’t. I couldn’t give a satisfactory answer so I looked it up. Apparently, the two versions of the flag are equally valid but the flag with the sun is called the Official Ceremonial Flag and must always be above the sunless flag (the Ornamental Flag) if they are both flown together.

The Argentinean flag: looks great against the blue Buenos Aires sky

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