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Öcsöd used to belong to the county of Békés, but today it is a settlement in the county of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok. Its history goes back to the 16th century; however, if indirect data are used, it can be traced back as early as the 13th century. In the design of its coat-of-arms a respect for traditions is praiseworthy.
Renaissance shield azure, erect, rompu en pointe, pierced flanche-wise, the base curved to a point. Issuing from a field vert a tree truncated or and leaved vert. To the dexter a wheat ear bent, to the sinister another wheat ear bent to the sinister, all or. On the two sides of the tree two bustards guardant, beaked and membered gules, holding in their beaks a ring or.
Across the top a barred helmet proper, borne affronté, bordered gules, barred or, round the gorget a ribbon with a medaillon, all or. Helmet crested with a five-pointed open crown verdured or, adorned with sapphire, ruby and emerald (two pearls between three leaves).
Mantling: dexter vert and or, sinister azure and argent.
The coat-of-arms of Öcsöd evokes the past by combining the earlier consecutive seals of the village. The evolution of the seal is the following: in its first, 17th century version there is a three-pointed hill topped with a wheat-stalk each; its second version features a big bird turning to the dexter, then in the third version dating from 1744 two birds are under a tree, facing each other and holding rings.
The tree borne in the coat-of-arms is, according to contemporary theories, the arbor vitae, the tree of life, which was meant to symbolise the active religious life inspired by the crucifix (lignum crucis).
The bustard (Otis tarda), the typical bird of this part of the region, belongs to the species of cranes. The face-to-face position expresses the local people's readiness to fight and their consistency.
The wheat ears refer to the most basic agricultural plant of the region, supplying the local inhabitants with work and bread.
In the 13-16th centuries Öcsöd was a free Cumanian settlement. The rings symbolise the desire for freedom, autonomy, the ability to act, as well as the right of ownership. The creation of the seal itself had a symbolic message, insofar as it meant perseverence, loyalty and honesty.
The helmet is reminiscent of those who died a heroic death, while the crown expresses autonomy.
The scarves issuing from behind the helm and reflecting the tinctures of the shield call attention to the tradition that those who left their native land keep the traditions alive and maintain links with those who were left behind at home.