I was arranging my things today when, of all things, I found two postcards tucked in my Harry Potter Deathly Hallows book. I was aghast about having forgotten about these precious postcards. How could I when they were, in fact, my first two postcards from Tunisia! Jeepers! Anyway, I’m sharing one here:
I rarely accept direct swaps but this one I had no problem accepting. The sender contacted me in December last year but I begged him to postpone the exchange till January as we were having a busy Christmas holiday then. And we all know what happened in Tunisia in January. Despite the massive riots in the capital, the postcards were successfully sent and arrived in Cambodia in less than a month. I am also happy to tell you that the sender, Nour, and his family are safe and sound. Merci beaucoup, monsieur!
Tunisia is officially called the Tunisian Republic ( الجمهورية التونسية, al-Jumhūriyya at-Tūnisiyya) located in the northernmost part of Africa . It is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. It’s capital is Tunis. In Tunisia, Arabic is the focal language. French is spoken in the media sector, business enterprises and administration departments.
Here are bits of info about the flag of Tunisia which I took from World Flags 101:
Tunisian Flag Description:
The flag of Tunisia consists of a red base with a white outline of a circle in the center. Inside the circle there is a red five pointed star which is based on a white circle and a red crescent.
Tunisian Flag Meaning:
Red is a traditional color of Islam and was the color adopted by the Ottoman Empire who ruled Tunisia from late 16th century until 1881. It also came to represent resistance against Turkish supremacy. The crescent and star are traditional symbols of Islam and are also considered to be lucky symbols. The white circle represents the sun.
Tunisian Flag History:
The Tunisian flag was originally adopted between 1831 and 1835, making Tunisia’s flag one of the world’s oldest flags. However, the Tunisian flag wasn’t legislated in constitution until 1959, after Tunisia had gained independence from France on March 20, 1956. The current version of the Tunisian flag was adopted on July 3, 1999.
Interesting Tunisian Flag Facts:
Even though Tunisia resisted against the Ottoman Empire and Turkish rule, the Tunisian flag is very similar to the Turkish flag.