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Village of Ix-Xewkija (Gozo Island, Malta)

Xewkija, Showkiya, Xeuchia

Last modified: 2013-12-14 by rob raeside
Keywords: malta | gozo | xewkija | thistles: 2 | plants: 2 (thistles) | cross: maltese |
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[Village of Ta'Xbiex (Gozo/Ghawdex Island, Malta)] 3:5 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 19 January 2007

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The coat-of-arms of Ix-Xewkija is [blazon] Or a fess Gules between two thistles Proper.
António Martins
, 1 March 2000

The Ix-Xewkija local council website shows a picture of the banner-of-arms flag in this picture of the first elected council (1994-1996). However, several much more recent photographs in this webpage show a local flag which is not a banner of the arms but a white flag with the (shield-shaped) arms on it.

Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Heraldry website explains, "Xewkija has thorns on its arms as Xewkija comes from xewk which means thorns".
Santiago Dotor
, 16 March 2006

Banner of Arms

[Village of Ta'Xbiex (Gozo/Ghawdex Island, Malta)] 3:5 image by Dirk Schönberger, 28 October 2002

Possible Former Flag

[Possible Former Flag, Village of Xewkija (Gozo/Ghawdex Island, Malta)] 3:5 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 June 2007

The village of Ix-Xewkija in Gozo island flies the pre-1943 flag of Malta defaced with a Maltese cross counterchanged. Source: Strickland 1999 [str99].
Ivan Sache
, 28 February 2000

If the yellow-with-red-stripe-and-two-thistles flag was already in use in 1994, when was this possible former flag used?
Santiago Dotor
, 16 March 2006