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Sibinj (Municipality, Brod-Posavina County, Croatia)

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Flag of Sibinj - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 February 2015

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Presentation of Sibinj

The Municipality of Sibinj is located some 8 km northwest of Slavonski Brod, as most of the villages in the region set along the main road in the flatlands, where imperial road and later also railroad passed in vicinity along river Sava. The municipality is made of the town of Sibinj and another 11 villages.
The place is know in Croatian history for the so called Sibinj victims - the event of 19 February 1935, when the regime police fired upon peasants on a peaceful political rally killing 8 men, and several more in the days following the event. It was a notable event in the history of struggle for Croatian national rights between the two World Wars.

Željko Heimer, 20 February 2015

Flag of Sibinj

The symbols of Sibinj are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Općine Sibinj, adopted on 20 December 2014 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 29 December 2014 in the County official gazette Službeni vjesnik Brodsko-posavske županije, No. 27 (text).

The new symbols were consecrated on 19 February 2015 during the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Sibinj victims, held in the St. John the Baptist church (program).

The symbols were designed by the Heraldic Art d.o.o. company, from Rijeka.

The flag is in proportions 1:2, light blue with the coat of arms in the middle.

Željko Heimer, 20 February 2015

Coat of arms of Sibinj

[Municipal coat of arms]

Coat of arms of Sibinj - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 February 2015

The coat of arms of Sibinj is described in Article 3 of the aforementioned Decision as fllows:

In a semi-circular shield, in blue a silver-white displayed pelican, with golden-yellow beak, feeds with its blood (three red drops) three young silver-white birds, in a golden yellow nest.

The heraldic figure of the "pelican in her piety" symbolizes sacrifice and compassion, referring here to the Sibinj victims. The figure represents a pelican, wounding herself on breasts with her beak, feeding its youngs with her own blood, according to a medieval legend. As such it became symbol of sacrifice and then also of Jesus Christ, through his sacrifice on the cross.

In an interview on Radio Slavonija (text), the Mayor expained how the municipal administration cooprated with the Ministry of Administration and the State Archives in making of the symbols, agreeing that the Sibinj victims should be represented, and eventually choosing the pelican figure. The Mayor also stated that the "people form the Croatian State Archives even told me that they are a bit jealous and surprised that none of the 450 units of local self-government had remembered the symbolic of the pelican..."

Željko Heimer, 20 February 2015

Ceremonial flag of Sibinj


Ceremonial flag of Sibinj - Image by Željko Heimer, 20 February 2015, after a photo

Željko Heimer, 20 February 2015