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Chaldean Flag Day: May 17th
By Sam Yousif :: Thursday, May 17, 2007 :: 69763 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
www.chaldeanflag.com

ICA Art Org, Dept. of P.R.
www.chaldeanart.com

Amer Fatuhi (The Chaldean artist who designed the Chaldean Flag)
www.amerfatuhiart.com

To order the Chaldean flag visit any Chaldean Gift Shop or online at
www.bostudio4arts.com 

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.