Coat of Arms of the Peoples Republic of Macedonia celebrates 72 birthday

The Coat of Arms of the People’s Republic of Macedonia was adopted at the Second Extraordinary Session of the National Assembly, held in Skopje on 26.7.1946 as the first item of the agenda. The draft bill was presented by the MP, Dimce Belovski, and the debate was attended by the MP, Blagoj Arsov, and the Minister of Education, Nikola Minchev, after which the Law was accepted unanimously.[1]

The Law for the Coat of Arms of PR, in article 1, gives the following description:

The coat of arms of the People’s Republic of Macedonia is a field surrounded by a grain stalks intertwined with poppy and tobacco leaves, which on the underside are connected with a ribbon embroidered with folk motifs. On the ribbon is written “N. R. Makedonija “. Among the tops of the stalks there is a five-pointed star . In the middle of the field there is a mountain under which a river flows. The sun rises behind the mountain.[2]

The newspaper “Nova Makedonija”, which was the organ of the People’s Front of Macedonia and functioned as an official journal, two days later, publishes this law together with the coat of arms and explanation:

The coat of arms of the People’s Republic of Macedonia is a symbol of freedom and brotherhood of the Macedonian people and the wealth is symbol of the Macedonian land. The grain stalks, the poppy and tobacco leaves represent the wealth of Macedonia and the diversity of its economy. The five-pointed star symbolizes the national liberation war with which the Macedonian people won the freedom. The national motif on the tape expresses the richness and beauty of the national esence. In the middle of the field is the mountain Pirin, the largest Macedonian mountain that was the center of the People’s Liberation Wars in the past, and the river that flows is the river Vardar, the most famous Macedonian river in the Republic. Pirin and Vardar simultaneously represent the unity of all parts of Macedonia and the ideal of our people for national unification. The sun represents the free and creative life in Macedonia.[3]

[1] „Народното собрание на Народна Република Македонија изгласа неколку закони важни за нашиот народ“, Нова Македонија, 28.7.1946.

[2] Президиум на Народното собрание на Народна Република Македонија, Закон за грбот на Народна Република Македонија, бр 559 , Скопје, 27.7.1946.

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