Flag of Kurdistan
The Flag of Kurdistan (Sorani Kurdish: ئاڵای کوردستان, Kurmanji: Alaya Kurdistanê) was created by Xoybûn during the Ararat rebellion against Turkey in 1928, where it was hoisted by thousands of Kurdish rebels. The flag was subsequently presented to the European powers at the Versailles Peace Conference. When the Republic of Kurdistan in Iran was proclaimed in 1947, Mustafa Barzani hoisted the flag in Mahabad and the flag was adopted as the official flag of Kurdistan. Kurdistan Region has since adopted the same flag as the official flag.
|Name||Alaya Rengîn ("The Colourful Flag")|
|Adopted||1920s by Xoybûn|
1992 by Kurdistan Region
|Design||Red, yellow, green and white, with sun with 21 rays in the centre.|
The main characteristic of the flag is the blazing golden sun emblem (Roj in Kurdish) at its center. The emblem's sun disk has 21 rays, equal in size and shape, with the single odd ray at top and the two even rays on the bottom. Number 21 is a venerated number, standing for rebirth/renaissance in the ancient and native Kurdish religion of Yazdanism and its modern offshoots.
|Symbolizes the blood of the martyrs and the continued struggle for freedom and dignity.|
|Expresses the beauty and landscapes of Kurdistan. Life and vitality.|
|Represents the source of life and light of the people. The sun is an ancient symbol and twenty one sunbeams represent March 21, Newroz.|
|Represent peace and equality.|
The flag first appeared during the movement for Kurdish independence from the Ottoman Empire and resembles an earlier version created by the Xoybûn (Khoyboon) organization, active in the Ararat rebellion of 1930, and flown by the break-away Republic of Ararat during the period 1927–1931. The flag appeared then again in 1932 and in the media where one of its creators described it as red, white and green with a sun in the middle.
Modern adaptation to international flag standards
The flag appeared in Kurdish media throughout the 90's with MED TV, Kurdsat, Kurdistan TV and their affiliates broadcasting with the flag appearing frequently in their programming allowing it to become a symbol of Kurdish statehood. A document dealing with the adaptation to international flag standards of the National Flag of Kurdistan was prepared by Mehrdad Izady and Bijhan Eliasi in 1998. It was instantly adopted by the international Flag Institute. In 1999, the Parliament of the Kurdish Regional Government adopted the standardized flag to be the official and standard presentation of the Kurdish National Flag in all its aspects.
Other flags used by Kurds
Similar designs used by Iranian countries
Iraqi Kurdistan region's flag day
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