Лилит Мазикина (gipsylilya) wrote in en_gypsyculture,
Лилит Мазикина

Gypsy Day

Today is the Gypsy Day, the national day of all Gypsies of the world.

Not so many people know that such a day exists.

Gypsies also have their own anthem, flag and symbols.

The Gypsy flag is composed of two stripes, blue and green, and a red wheel.
The blue stripe is a symbol of heavens, of God-seeking.
The green stripe is a symbol of grass. Gypsies used to camp in grassy places.
The red wheel is a symbol of the ancient way of life, of the time when all Gypsies were nomadic, it is as red as hot Gypsy blood. The red wheel lays on both stripes, because Gypsies walk both the path of the Earth and the path of the Soul.

The Gypsy anthem is 'Djelem djelem'. It does not have a fixed melody; everybody can sing it as one wants.

The main Gypsy symbols are a red or golden wheel and a horseshoe.
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