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Tearce (Municipality, Macedonia)

Теарце, Tearcë

Last modified: 2010-04-24 by ivan sache
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[Flag of Tearce]

Flag of Tearce - Image by Mello Luchtenberg, 1 January 2010

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Presentation of Tearce

The municipality of Tearce (in Albanian, Tearcëe; 22,454 inhabitants; 136.54 sq. km) is made of the town of the same name (3,974 inhabitants) and of the 12 settlements of Glogji (Gllogjë 1,295 inh.), Dobrošte (Dobrosht; 3,549 inh.), Lešok (Leshkë; 440 inh.), Neproštelo (Nepreshten; 1,309 inh.), Nerašte (Nerasht; 3,485 inh.), Odri (Odër; 1,739 inh.), Pršovce (Përshefcë; 2,516 inh.), Slatino (Silatinë; 4,112 inh.), Brezno (Breznë; 8 inh.), Varvara (Varavarë; 0 inh.), Jelošnik (Jelloshnik; 0 inh.) and Prvce (Përc; 27 inh.). The inhabitants of the last four settlements, labelled "hilly-mountainous" settlements, were forced to resettled in 2001.

Ivan Sache & Valentin Poposki, 24 October 2009

Flag of Tearce

The flag of Tearce is hoisted in front of the town hall, as shown on a photo contributed to Picasa by Isen Asani on 22 May 2009.

The flag and arms of Tearce are prescribed in the municipal statutes Statuti i Komunës ë Tearcës, adopted on 28 May 2007 and available on the municipal website. The texts on the symbols' page of the municipal website are directly taken from the statutes.

Article 5 says: "The municipality of Tearce has an emblem and a flag."

Article 6 describes the emblem.
The colour of the border is gold (ngjyré). The date of 20 December 1996 is the founding date of the municipality [by secession from Tetovo]. The three peaks symbolize the three higher mountains in the municipality. I understand that the four dots on the mountains represent four "hilly-mountainous" settlements while the nine remaining ones are represented by the nine, in turn white and grey boxes forming a wavy ribbon in the middle of the shield. The green and brown stripes recall that agriculture is the main activity in the municipality.
The lower part of the shield forms a "T" recalling the initial of the name of the municipality.

Article 7 describes the flag.
"The field of the flag of Tearce is blue. A golden stripe goes down from the upper left corner to the lower right corner of the flag. The municipal emblem is placed in the middle of the flag. The proportions of the flag are 1:2."

Article 8 (oddly) annouces that:
(1) The Municipal Council shall launch a contest for determining the flag and emblem and set up an ad hoc Commission;
(2) The Commission shall select a proposal and forward it to the Municipal Council for approval.

Ivan Sache & Valentin Poposki, 19 June 2006

Village of Pršovce / Përshefcë

[Flag of Prsovce]

Flag of Pršovce - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 December 2008

The village website has a page dedicated to local symbols, showing flags and a few more emblems, not labelled as flags.

The village flag, horizontally divided green-white-yellow, and shown with proportions 5:9, is explained as follows:
- Green represents the mountains;
- White is the main colour of the national dress;
- Yellow represents the countryside, especially the golden, ripe grain fields.

[Flag of KFJP]

Flag of KFJP football club - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 December 2008

The flag of the football club "KF Jehona Përshefcë", blue with the club's badge in the middle, shown with proportions 1:2, is described as follows:
Klubi parimisht ka luajtur me fanella në ngyrën kaltër, pastaj e kemi të vendosurë një stemë të klubit me ngyrat e fshatit sidhe nje fytyrë qe symbolizonë Jehonën, viti 1996 është themelimi i klubit.
With the same caveat emptor, it seems to say that blue is the jersey colour of the club (or was, now they seem to play with green jerseys with white vertical stripes and yellow collar, thus using the village colours), 1996 its foundation date, and the emblem in the middle shows "Jehona's face". Jehona is an Albanian feminine name meaning "echo"; the woman represented on the badge might be the nymph Echo.

[Flag of SHJP]

Flag of Pršovce folkloric society - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 December 2008

The flag of the folkloric society "Shka 'Jehona' Përshefcë" is diagonally divided red-black by a thin yellow ascending diagonal, with the name of the society in white letters in a semi-circular pattern, placed above three music instruments, a string and wind instruments crossed per saltire above a drum. It is described as follows:
Ngyrat e kombësisë, sidhe në instrumente të cillat përdoren në kët lami.
The string instrument is a çiftelia, traditionally used in northern Albania and Kosovo. Usually made of cherry tree bark, the instrument has two strings (çiftë, "couple"; tel, "string").
The wind instrument is most probably a zurna, a double-reed instrument of Turkish orign.
The drum may be a lodra, a double-headed drum of Turkish origin, mostly known as davul.

Valentin Poposki & Ivan Sache, 7 December 2008