Serbs, Symbols

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The Serbs (, ) are a South Slavic nation and ethnic group native to the Balkans.


The Flag of Serbia consists of a red-blue-white tricolour which has its roots in the colours of Pan-Slavism, popular in the 19th century. Serbia used the red, blue and white tricolor since 1835, with interruption between 1918 and 1941 during which time it was part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, later renamed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The Republika Srpska use Serbian national tricolour as its flag. There are number of unofficial variant flags, with Serbian tricolour as their basis, some with variations of the cross, coat of arms, or both.

The Serbian cross is national sign of Serbs. It has been part of every Serbia's coat of arms since 1835, i.e., re-establishment of modern Serbia. It is composed of a cross symbol with four stylized letters beta (Β) on each of its corners. A modern interpretation, somethimes attributed to St. Sava is that the four symbols around the cross are Cyrillic letters С, an acronym of a slogan: "Only Unity Saves the Serbs" (). An alternative is "Saint Sava - Serbian Patron" (). It is also used as symbol of various Serbian organisations, political parties and institutions.

Three-finger salute is national salute of Serbs. It originally expressed the Serbian orthodoxism, but today its a simply sign for Serbs, made by extending the thumb, index, and middle fingers of one or both hands. A saying often used by Serbs is: Nema krsta bez tri prsta ("There is no cross without three fingers").

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  • WikipediaProject Rastko – Serbian cultural and historical research societyArticles about the Serbs by Westerners

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