Of Crosses, Lions and Generations


This item will probably be better developed in a parallel post on K&T. I’ll leave the emotional side of the story for that but the facts are definitely worth a mention in this blog that is still in pause. Basically it so happens that the people of Luxembourg are having the most emotional debate in the country since the confirmation of the Grand-Duchy as a nation among nations. This time round the subject of discussion is the symbol of nationhood (or statehood as some would have it) in the form of the drapeau national. Now most of you surely know that Luxembore’s current flag is rather similar to that of the Netherlands. Where it not for a shade of blue that is only detectable by the kind of people who can tell their mauves and their pistachios the flags could be said to be identical. It is not just this similarity that irked the Christian-Socialist deputy who proposed the change but also the drabness of it all.

Lying in wait for the change was a much more funky symbol loaded with stripes blue and white and lion rampant in red. The Rode Lieuwe (pardon my Letzebuersch). It seems that 51% of the population would applaud the change while 49% are rather annoyed that the good old red, white and blue should be scrapped in favour of the leonine symbol. This is the first issue that has split Luxembourg since the Great Sauerkraut Debate of 1689 which centred on whether the cabbage should be rinced once or twice before cooking.

Anyways. I just thought I’d point you to this amusing bit of history in the making while my blog goes on hibernating a tad bit longer. It’s not just us who are busy trying to remove George’s Cross from our flag then… there are other countries who could do with a bit of vexillatory fun after all!



One response to “Of Crosses, Lions and Generations

  1. Hi there, I was hoping to collect some interesting backlinks to other Luxembourgish bloggers, found your site at the blogbuerg. Of course as exchange, I’d gladly post your link on my site… Well so long…

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