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Chaldean Flag Day: May 17th
By Sam Yousif :: Thursday, May 17, 2007 :: 56102 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

The Chaldean Flag serves to express the Chaldean identity and heritage. After long and purposeful discussions relevant to the Chaldean cultural identity the internationally celebrated Chaldean artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi in Beth Nahrain-Iraq was commissioned to create a community flag. 

After a number of proposed submissions the flag was approved by leading Chaldean community organizations.  Groups like the Chaldean Cultural Center, the Chaldean Union Democratic Party, Chaldean National Congress, and Chaldean Democratic Forum, along with other Chaldean cultural, educational, and social Organizations voted unanimously.  The flag has since been registered by international bodies and the United State of America on Oct. 27, 1997. 

The flag emerges as one of the more powerful symbols of modern day Chaldean heritage and identity.  Chaldeans have always been known as leaders of organized civilization, law, math, science, agriculture, and innovation.  From the memorable legal writings of  Hammurabi to innovations in chemistry and culinary arts.  Chaldeans have planted the seeds of nations and watered the world with imagination and civil advancement. 

This tradition continues to this day among the Chaldean people.  Persecuted and forced to leave their native lands of Mesopotamia the peaceful men and women have been scattered to the four corners of the globe.  The new Chaldean settlers have already begun offering remarkable advancements in their new host countries. 

The Chaldean flag is often used during cultural and national festivities or celebrations the flag is a visual reminder and acknowledgement of the contributions made by Chaldeans.  The flag demonstrates a tradition of excellence that extends throughout history and into the modern era whereby Chaldeans continue to lead and contribute to the greatness of our world. 

The visual elements of the Chaldean Flag are as follows:

  • The two blue vertical lines (1987 versions and on) represent the eternal rivers Tigris and Euphrates which spring from the north and flow into the south of the Mesopotamian Land (The Chaldean Sea  / Tam-Ti-Sha-Mat-Kaldi) in the ancient Chaldean Babylonian language.
  • The sun (Eightfold Star) represents the Babylonians’ symbol of Law and Justice. The two internal circles Yellow (Sun), Blue (Moon) representing the Chaldeans Babylonians’ cultural contributions to the human history especially in Astronomy and Math. The eightfold sun is designed in the Mesopotamian Chaldean style.

The Colors:

  • The red color refers to the sacrifices offered by the Chaldeans Babylonians while defending their own country ( Mesopotamia / Iraq / Beth Nahrein ) and their Christianity since the beginning of the first century A.D.
  • The blue refers to purity, nobility and high standing. 
  • The yellow refers to their everlasting cultural glory since the pre-history of Mesopotamia.

The Chaldean Flag Day is May 17th selected in honor of the the Chaldean king Nabopolassar (Nabu-apla-usur) who liberated Babylonia on Ayar 17, 467C. (May 17, 626 B. C.) and assumed the throne of the greatest capital of the ancient world on Tishreen II / November 23, 626 B.C.

To learn more about the Chaldean flag visit the following links:

Chaldean Flag Website

ICA Art Org, Dept. of P.R.

Amer Fatuhi (The Chaldean artist who designed the Chaldean Flag)

To order the Chaldean flag visit any Chaldean Gift Shop or online at 

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA


Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.