THE MANY FORMS OF YAF­TAT

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Re­bel­lion

Th­ese ban­ners ex­press the ten­sion be­tween the in­di­vid­ual and the com­mu­nity or the com­mu­nity and the state. They re­flect a dy­namism and over­all at­mos­phere within an area. They are mostly loaded with po­lit­i­cal mes­sages and ex­press hos­til­ity or dis­agree­ment with an ac­tion or po­lit­i­cal leader.

Sol­i­dar­ity/ Ac­claim

Op­po­site mes­sages of re­bel­lion, th­ese ban­ners ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion or sol­i­dar­ity for a po­lit­i­cal party, a leader, the army or even a cit­i­zen from the re­gion. They are mainly lyri­cal and show pride.

Wel­com­ing or farewell note

This cat­e­gory could ad­dress a cit­i­zen re­turn­ing or leav­ing his vil­lage or on a more generic tone it could be a means to honor im­por­tant re­li­gious or po­lit­i­cal fig­ures.

A note to ex­press sor­row

Mostly used at fu­ner­als. Th­ese are mes­sages to ex­press love, grat­i­tude and sad­ness to­wards a loved one.

Cel­e­bra­tion

Used to congratulate some­one on an achieve­ment or a suc­cess­ful event such as a mar­riage or grad­u­a­tion.

Ad­ver­tis­ing

Cheaper than a bill­board or fly­ers, ban­ners are also used to advertise a menu, a pro­mo­tion or sales.

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity mes­sage

Yaf­tat are also a way to de­liver of­fi­cial mes­sages ad­dressed to the public. It’s a prac­ti­cal tool that helps to an­nounce a mes­sage to the com­mu­nity at once.

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