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Chaldean Flag Day: May 17th
By Sam Yousif :: Thursday, May 17, 2007 :: 81610 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

The Chaldean Flag serves to express the Chaldean identity and heritage. After long and purposeful discussions relevant to the Chaldean cultural identity the internationally celebrated Chaldean artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi in Beth Nahrain-Iraq was commissioned to create a community flag. 

After a number of proposed submissions the flag was approved by leading Chaldean community organizations.  Groups like the Chaldean Cultural Center, the Chaldean Union Democratic Party, Chaldean National Congress, and Chaldean Democratic Forum, along with other Chaldean cultural, educational, and social Organizations voted unanimously.  The flag has since been registered by international bodies and the United State of America on Oct. 27, 1997. 

The flag emerges as one of the more powerful symbols of modern day Chaldean heritage and identity.  Chaldeans have always been known as leaders of organized civilization, law, math, science, agriculture, and innovation.  From the memorable legal writings of  Hammurabi to innovations in chemistry and culinary arts.  Chaldeans have planted the seeds of nations and watered the world with imagination and civil advancement. 

This tradition continues to this day among the Chaldean people.  Persecuted and forced to leave their native lands of Mesopotamia the peaceful men and women have been scattered to the four corners of the globe.  The new Chaldean settlers have already begun offering remarkable advancements in their new host countries. 

The Chaldean flag is often used during cultural and national festivities or celebrations the flag is a visual reminder and acknowledgement of the contributions made by Chaldeans.  The flag demonstrates a tradition of excellence that extends throughout history and into the modern era whereby Chaldeans continue to lead and contribute to the greatness of our world. 

The visual elements of the Chaldean Flag are as follows:

  • The two blue vertical lines (1987 versions and on) represent the eternal rivers Tigris and Euphrates which spring from the north and flow into the south of the Mesopotamian Land (The Chaldean Sea  / Tam-Ti-Sha-Mat-Kaldi) in the ancient Chaldean Babylonian language.
  • The sun (Eightfold Star) represents the Babylonians’ symbol of Law and Justice. The two internal circles Yellow (Sun), Blue (Moon) representing the Chaldeans Babylonians’ cultural contributions to the human history especially in Astronomy and Math. The eightfold sun is designed in the Mesopotamian Chaldean style.

The Colors:

  • The red color refers to the sacrifices offered by the Chaldeans Babylonians while defending their own country ( Mesopotamia / Iraq / Beth Nahrein ) and their Christianity since the beginning of the first century A.D.
  • The blue refers to purity, nobility and high standing. 
  • The yellow refers to their everlasting cultural glory since the pre-history of Mesopotamia.

The Chaldean Flag Day is May 17th selected in honor of the the Chaldean king Nabopolassar (Nabu-apla-usur) who liberated Babylonia on Ayar 17, 467C. (May 17, 626 B. C.) and assumed the throne of the greatest capital of the ancient world on Tishreen II / November 23, 626 B.C.

To learn more about the Chaldean flag visit the following links:

Chaldean Flag Website

ICA Art Org, Dept. of P.R.

Amer Fatuhi (The Chaldean artist who designed the Chaldean Flag)

To order the Chaldean flag visit any Chaldean Gift Shop or online at 

Mother of God Church, MI USA


Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
25585 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033
Tel: (248) 356-0565
Fax: (248) 356-5235

Founding Pastor:
Msgr. Geroge Garmo in 1972
The current church building
was completed in 1980.

Rev.  Manuel Yousif Boji

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Wisam Matti

Daily:  10:00 AM Chaldean
Tuesdays:  5:30 PM Chaldean/English 
Saturdays:  Ramsha 4:45-5:20 PM; Mass 5:30 PM Chaldean   
Sundays:  8:30 AM Arabic, 10:00 AM English, 12:00 PM Chaldean

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 Rev. Manuel Yousif Boji

Fr. Manuel was born in Telkaif in the suburbs of Nineveh, Iraq in 1946.   Reverend Manuel Boji entered the Chaldean Seminary in Mousl in 1958 and was ordained a priest in Baghdad in 1968.  His first assignment was in Telkaif where he served for 19 years.  In July 1987, Fr. Manuel was assigned  to the United States  where he assisted Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan for six months.  From March 1988 until April 1990, he was administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  Fr. Manuel completed his Masters and Doctorate work from both U of D Mercy and Wayne State University while assigned to the United States.  In May 1990, Fr. Manuel was assigned to Mother of God Parish and is currently serving there as Rector of the Cathedral. 

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Wisam Matti

Fr. Wisam was born in Basrah, Iraq on October 30, 1971. Completing his education in Iraq and serving in the military Fr. Wisam then entered the Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad in 1984.  He was ordained a priest in Karemlees a suburb of Nineveh on July 4th 1997.  His first assignment was in Mosul where he served for five years.  On January 21, 2002, Fr. Wisam was transferred to the Unites States and was assigned to Mother of God Parish where he is currently serving as parochial vicar.  Fr. Wisam, earned his Master in Pastoral Theology on April 28, 2007 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.