We see it waving in front of all distinguished buildings, lately attached to taxis’ mirrors, but how many Romanians really know its story? From the Dacian symbol in battle, to the colours on the diplomas granted by Mihai Viteazul, to the Forty-Eighters, the Romanian flag lived itself our country’s humble history… in a different manner.
Ever since 175 AD, the Dacian flag was the banner of numerous Roman legions; the Dacian battle flag was red, yellow, and blue, but the scheme was not identical in terms of colour ratio (33%), and the colours were arranged horizontally: at the top, yellow in the middle, and blue at the bottom. Mihai Viteazul first used the tricolour, which was found on diplomas granted by the ruler, on shields, and on the coat of arms. The three colours can also be found on paintings incorporating the flag of Tudor Vladimirescu’s uprising when the colour significance occurs for the first time: Freedom (blue), Justice (yellow of the fields), Fraternity (blood red).
Following a turbulent history, on 26 June 1848, the OFFICIAL NATIONAL FLAG comes into existence and it is flown by the provisional revolutionary government of Tara Romaneasca. This occurs during the National Assembly on the Filaret Plain in Blaj.