National Flag, Coat of Arms and Anthem of Russia

National Flag, Coat of Arms and Anthem of Russia

Usually there are three official distinctive features of every country: National Flag, Coat of Arms and Anthem. In this article we will tell about national Russian symbols – Russian flag (Tricolor)Russian Coat of Arms (Double-Headed Eagle) and modern Russian Anthem.

1. Russian Flag

Russian flag is a Tricolor with three equal lines: white (top), blue (middle) and red (bottom). Historically, it was the flag of sea merchant ships of the Russian Empire, and later, from 1696, was the flag of the Tsardom of Russia. Since 1991 after breaking of the Soviet Union this flag has become a national flag of Russian Federation.

What do these three colors mean?

White and blue colors have traditionally been popular among Russian people – peasants from the Ukraine and Belarus to the Volga used to dress white and blue shirts. Also, white color is the color of the winter snow, which covers Russia for a long time in the year. Red – on the folk Russian language means “beautiful”, has usually been a festive color for Russians.

2. Russian National emblem

Russian national emblem is Double-Headed Eagle. Actually, this symbol is very common – you can meet it in the history of different countries. The oldest can be found at Hittite Empire (20th century BC). Then Double-Headed Eagle has been used on flags and banners of different great Empires (Seljuk Empire, Holy Roman Empire and etc.). After breaking of Roman Empire this emblem became a symbol of monarchy’s power at Byzantine Empire (Palaiologos Dynasty).

After political marriage (1472) of Russian Tzar Ivan III to Sophia Palaiolognia  (a niece of the last Byzantine emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos) Double-Headed Eagle has become a symbol of Russian Tzars as well. During the whole period of existence of Russian Empire it was a symbol that Emperor is having authority over both secular and religious matters. Also it shows the unity of the Asian and European parts of Russia – one of an eagle’s head is looking to the West, the other to the East, but generally they are united.

The State Eagle held a golden scepter and golden globus cruciger – these are the symbols of Russian Monarchy. Eagle is crowned with two imperial crowns, over which the same third crown, enlarged, with two flying ends of the ribbon of the Order of Saint Andrew. At the center of the Eagle is an old symbol of Moscow (the capital of Russia since 1327), depicting Saint George, mounted and defeating the dragon.

So, modern Coat of Arms of Russia – Double-Headed Eagle – has always been a sacred symbol of Russian Empire abolished with the Russian Revolution in 1917 and restored in 1993 with the beginning of a modern history of Russian Federation.

3. National Anthem of Russia

National Anthem of Russia is actually an adoption of the Anthem of Soviet Union (the same music but different lyrics). It has been established officially at 2000 by the bill of Vladimir Putin and approval of State Duma of Russian Federation (Senate). Music was created by Alexander Alexandrov in 1939, lyrics – by Sergey Mikhalkov (the same poet who wrote lyrics of the Anthem of Soviet Union) in 2000.

Here are the lyrics of modern National Anthem of Russian Federation:

Россия – священная наша держава, Rossija – svjashhennaja nasha derzhava, Russia – our sacred homeland,
Россия – любимая наша страна. Rossija – ljubimaja nasha strana. Russia – our beloved country.
Могучая воля, великая слава – Moguchaja volja, velikaja slava – A mighty will, a great glory –
Твоё достоянье на все времена! Tvojo dostojan’e na vse vremena! These are your heritage for all time!
Припев: Pripev: Chorus:
Славься, Отечество наше свободное, Slav’sja, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoe, Be glorious, our free Fatherland,
Брацких народов союз вековой, Brackih narodov sojuz vekovoj, Age-old union of fraternal peoples,
Предками данная мудрость народная! Predkami dannaja mudrost’ narodnaja! Ancestor-given wisdom of the people!
Славься, страна! Мы гордимся тобой! Slav’sja, strana! My gordimsja toboj! Be glorious, our country! We are proud of you!
От южных морей до полярного края Ot juzhnyh morej do poljarnogo kraja From the southern seas to the polar lands
Раскинулись наши леса и поля. Raskinulis’ nashi lesa i polja. Spread are our forests and fields.
Одна ты на свете! Одна ты такая – Odna ty na svete! Odna ty takaja – You are unique in the world, one of a kind –
Хранимая Богом родная земля! Hranimaja Bogom rodnaja zemlja! This native land protected by God!
Припев Pripev Chorus
Широкий простор для мечты и для жизни Shirokij prostor dlja mechty i dlja zhizni Wide spaces for dreams and for living
Грядущие нам открывают года. Grjadushhie nam otkryvajut goda. Are opened for us by the coming years
Нам силу даёт наша верность Отчизне. Nam silu dajot nasha vernost’ Otchizne. Our loyalty to the Fatherland gives us strength.
Так было, так есть и так будет всегда! Tak bylo, tak est’ i tak budet vsegda! So it was, so it is, and so it always will be!

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