Flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Its flag consists of a rainbow on a white background, with seven narrow horizontal colored stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, sky blue, blue and purple. The number of colors is meant to symbolize the seven-branched Jewish Menorah. The flag's aspect ratio is 2:3.
The seven colored stripes are centered vertically and regularly spaced; they have a height each equal to 1⁄40 of the total flag's height, and are separated by a thin spacing equal to 1⁄120 of the total flag's height.
The white color of the cloth represents purity. Rainbows are the biblical symbol of peace, happiness, goodness. The number of bands of the rainbow equal to the number of candles in the Menorah, one of the national religious Jewish symbols. The Menorah speaks of the creation of the world in seven days, and the number of bands of the rainbow emphasizes the connection with the ancient Jewish symbol. Also, the rainbow may symbolize the Seven Noahide laws.
Rainbow flag controversy
In 2013, the flag was checked according to the Russian gay propaganda law. JAO flag was confirmed as safe because of white background, white stripes and the seventh (light blue) colour. JAO flag colours are also slightly different from the basic spectral colours, with gold in place of yellow, vivid blue instead of light blue, and indigo as dark blue.
Notes and references
- (Russian) http://www.eao.ru/?p=5 Archived 2009-01-26 at the Wayback Machine (English translation)
- Flags of the World: Jewish Autonomous Region (Russia) https://www.fotw.info/flags/ru-yev.html
- "Символика" [Geraldics] (in Russian). Official State Portal of Jewish Autonomous Oblast. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
- "Флаг ЕАО проверили на наличие гей-пропаганды" [JAO flag checked for gay propaganda] (in Russian). 30 October 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2020.