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Canudos do Vale, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Canudos do Vale (1,716 inhabitants in 2019; 8,200 ha) is located 150 km north of Porto Alegre.
Ivan Sache
, 13 July 2020


The flag of Canudos do Vale is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 94.01 promulgated on 18 February 2002.

Article 1.
The flag of the municipality of Canudos do Vale shall have for colors green, white and red and be composed of three panels, inspired by the format and the colors of the flags of Rio Grande do Sul, Italy and Portugal, representing:
a) Red (gules), the symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
b) White, the symbol of peace, friendship, integration, work and community harmony.
c) Green (vert), the symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance and hope; green also represents the mountains and the greening fields promising profuse harvests.

Article 2.
The flag shall obey the following rules.
I. The flag is composed of three panels: green, white and red in usual shades.
II. The flag's width shall be of 14 units.
III. The flag's length shall be of 20 units.
IV. The coat of arms shall be of 7 units in width, leaving 3 units in the upper part and 3 units in the lower part. Its radius is 3.5 units.
V. The flag shall have two horizontal parts: a red part measuring 20 units in length and 7 units in width, placed in the upper part, and a green part in the lower part, of the same dimensions, the two parts forming two halves.
VI. The flag shall be charged in the center with a white circle featuring the municipal coat of arms.
Municipal website

The coat of arms of Canudos do Vale is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 93.01 promulgated on 18 February 2002.

Article 1.
Classical Flemish-Iberian shield surmounted by a mural crown or with six towers, four visible.
In base (bottom) a field vert (green) symbolizing the geography, fields and mountains. On this field, the symbol of food industry and a bovine cattle, representing milk cattle-breeding. Dexter, a pork and two birds, representing genetic breeding.
In the center, two stylized brooks, Irerê dexter and Forquetinha sinister vertically watering a typical landscape. In the dexter center on a green field the parish church of Canudos do Vale. On top on a blue field a golden handshake representing union. Left, the symbol of greatness, a sun or also representing Mercosul. As supporters of the shield, plants proper, dexter (tobacco) and sinister (maize). Beneath the shield a scroll gules (red) containing in white the toponym 'CANUDOS DO VALE' and dates '188O' and '16/04.1996'. In base, the municipality's motto, 'UNIÃO – TRABALHO – HOSPITALIDADE'.

The coat of arms described above has the following symbolic interpretation:
a) The Flemish-Iberian classic shield, adopted to represent the arms of Capão Bonito do Sul, originates from Germany and was first introduced to Spain during the struggle against the Moors, being subsequently adopted in Portugal, especially to represent coat of arms of domains, and eventually by Brazilian heraldry to evoke the colonizing race and main builder of our nation.
b) The Portuguese crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of coat of arms of domains; golden (or) with six towers, four visible in perspective, it classifies the town as of third rank or municipal seat. c) Or (gold) is a symbol of royalty, celebrity, splendor, command, force, and wealth.
d) In the shield's center is represented the parish church of Canudos do Vale, emphasizing the religious spirit of the whole community and of all races, as well as the significance of the historical and cultural heritage.
e) Prominent in the shield is water and the main rivers watering the municipality, Ireré, aka Pinheirinho, and Forquetinha that vertically waters the local landscape, symbolizing the significance of ecology and freshwater for the whole mankind.
f) The green (vert) base symbolizes geography, fields and plains. Food industry is also represented to highlight the potential increase of the municipal income due to this productive industry. Above, the symbol of cattle-breeding and dairy industry. Dexter a pig to symbolize this industry and the municipality's rural origin, and two birds to represent aviculture.
g) Green (vert) is the symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance and hope; green also represents mountains and greening fields promising profuse harvests.
h) In upper sinister part is represented union, solidarity, friendship and persistence of the community during the political emancipation, through a golden handshake on a blue field. Beside is represented the symbol of greatness, a sun, also a symbol of sovereignty. It also represents the Platine nations [Argentina and Uruguay] that border Brazil.
i) The outer ornaments proper represent two main products of the generous and fertile soil, maize and tobacco
j) On a red (gules) scroll in white letters the identifying toponym "CANUDOS DO VALE" surrounded by the dates "1880", beginning of colonization, and "16/04/1996", the date of creation and political emancipation. On the scroll is also inscribed the motto that best identifies and characterizes the spirit and skills of the citizens of Canudos do Vale, "UNIÃO - TRABALHO – HOSPITALIDADE".
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 13 July 2020