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image by Ivan Sache, 1 November 2021
The municipality of Bom Jesus (2,526 inhabitants in 2010; 6,360 ha) is located 550 km west of Florianópolis.
Ivan Sache, 1 November 2021
The municipal flag of Bom Jesus is composed of five colors.
Median green is the color of the flag of Santa Catarina state. Green is a symbol of everyone's aspiration to the municipality's development and progress.
Yellow is the symbol of the municipality's resources - mineral, animal, plant - contained aboveground and underground.
Red is a symbol of force, bravery and courage.
Celestial blue represents the sky, hydromineral springs, the rivers and their tributaries.
The municipal coat of arms is inscribed in a white circle placed in the flag's center.
The coat of arms of Bom Jesus has the following symbolic interpretation.
The Samnite shield, used to represent the arms of Bom Jesus, was the first style of shield introduced to Portugal by French influence; inherited by Brazilian heraldry, it evokes the colonizing race and main builder of the Brazilian nation.
The municipal coat of arms has also the following meaning regarding its shape, colors and details.
The shield is divided by a cross traced in its center, with a bust of Jesus Christ clad in yellow and his humble heart symbolizing the devotion of people of Bom Jesus, who adopted his name for the town. The image of Christ is inscribed in a celestial blue circle placed on the center of the cross, brown and black and outlined in white, the main heraldic identification of the Christian religiosity.
The upper left quarter features a red tractor plowing the fertile and productive soil, on a blue sky symbolizing one of the main tools of Bom Jesus' farmers.
The lower left quarter features tobacco drying workshops, symbolizing the building where products of tobacco cultivation are processed. This represents one of the main sources of income.
The lower right quarter features an hydro-electric power plant, the barrage established on river Chapecó, and pylons. The camping place represents a place of leisure and tourism in the municipality. In the same quarter, trees represent reforestation and preservation of the forests and natural environment, on a limpid and stainless sky.
The shield is surrounded by two maize plants each with two ripening cobs, a tobacco plant on the right and a bean plant and wheat spikes on the left, the main sources of income for Bom Jesus.
Beneath the shield, a red scroll inscribed with the municipality's date of creation, "19/07" at one end, and the emancipation year, "1995", at the other end. In the center, the toponym "BOM JESUS - SC", letters and numbers in white.
The mural crown surmounting the shield is a universal domain's symbol, argent (white) with three towers represented in perspective view. It symbolizes rule, emancipation and struggle for the new municipality's development. The red open gates refer to the struggle for freedom with equal participation of all citizens.
Ivan Sache, 1 November 2021