The rainbow flag in the 1920s:


Meher Baba's flag is a rainbow flag designed by Meher Baba on April 23, 1924 and is still flown near his samadhi in Meherabad, India.

The flag has seven colors, representing the seven planes of involution, as well as seven kinds of sanskaras. Baba explained the symbolism, saying, "The colors in the flag signify man's rise from the grossest of impressions of lust and anger – symbolized by red – to the culmination in the highest state of spirituality and oneness with God – symbolized by sky blue." Meher Baba specified the positioning of only two colors, red and sky blue. The rest he left to personal taste, saying, "Red should be at the bottom of the flag and sky blue at the top. Arrangement of the other five colors is your decision." Baba also suggested the number of colors be seven to settle a dispute. The Hindus said the color of the flag should be red, but an early disciple named Ramjoo objected, saying that red reflected only Vedanta, and that green was better. Then the Hindus took objection, arguing that green was typically an Islamic color. The Parsis and Iranis disapproved of both colors, and to bring about accord, Baba proposed, "The flag should be of seven colors."


However, this number is typical of most rainbow flag designs in use around the world.Cooperative movement (1921)
Until 2001, the Internatinal Co-operative Alliance used a rainbow flag.

A seven-colour rainbow flag is a common symbol of the international cooperative movement. The rainbow flag has been the cooperative emblem since 1921 when the International Co-operative Congress of World Co-op Leaders met in Basel, Switzerland to identify and define the growing cooperative movement’s common values and ideals to help unite co-ops around the world.

In Essen, Germany in 1922, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) designed an international co-op symbol and a flag for the first "Co-operators' Day," which was held in July 1923. After some experiments with different designs, a famous French cooperator, Professor Charles Gide, suggested using the seven colours of the rainbow for the flag. He pointed out that the rainbow symbolized unity in diversity and the power of light, enlightenment and progress. The first co-op rainbow flag was completed in 1924 and was adopted as an official symbol of the international cooperative movement in 1925.

In 2001, the ICA's official flag was changed from a rainbow flag to a rainbow logo flag on a white field, to clearly promote and strengthen the cooperative image, but still use the rainbow image. Other organizations sometimes use the traditional rainbow flag as a symbol of cooperation.

Like the rainbow, this flag is a symbol of hope and peace. The seven colours from flags around the world fly in harmony. Click here for more