RA State Symbols
The Flag, the State Emblem and the Anthem are the State Symbols of RA.
The Flag is a piece of linen with red, blue and apricot (from top to bottom) even horizontal strips and its ratio of width and length is 1:2. This Flag with its sizes and colors is similar with the Flag of the First Armenian Republic (1918-1920). Red is the color of blood shaded for independence, blue symbolizes the sky of Armenia, purple symbolizes the creative work of Armenian people.
In the center of the State Emblem on the shield there are depicted the Emblems of four Armenian dynasties: Artashesian, Arshakuni, Bagratuni and Rubinian (Kingdom of Cilicia). They complete the picture of the Mount Ararat, on the top of which Noah′s Ark is outlined.
А lion and eagle depicted on the both sides of the shield symbolize the power of spirit, empire, inflexibility and valiance of Armenian people. The sward on the bottom symbolizes the struggle of Armenian people for freedom and independence, the feather and spikes- their creative talent and peaceableness.
The law of RA on the State Emblem was adopted on April 19, 1992 by the Supreme Council of Armenia. On June 15, 2006 the new law on the State Emblem was adopted by the National Assembly. The authors of RA State Emblem are painter Hakob Kojoyan and architect Alexander Tamanyan.
The Anthem was adopted on July 1, 1991 and was based on the Anthem of the First Republic of Armenia. The words of the Anthem are worked out from the poem “The song of an Italian girl” written by Mikael Nalbandyan and the music author is Barsegh Kanachyan.