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The municipality of Caibi (6,199 inhabitants; 17,171 ha) is located on the
border with Rio Grande do Sul, here river Uruguai, 630 km west of Florianópolis.
Caibi was settled in the late 1940s by Italian colonists mostly coming from Rio Grande do Sul. Originally named to São Domingos, the place was renamed to Caibi, a Tupi-Guarani world meaning "green leaves", in 1951. Incorporated to Palmitos in 1954, Caibi was elevated to a district in 1959 and a municipality in 1964.
Ivan Sache, 2 November 2021
The flag and arms of Caibi are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 328
promulgated on 21 March 1975.
The municipal flag of Caibi, designed by the heraldist Arcinoé Antonio Peixoto de Faria, shall be quartered by a saltire, with green quarters formed by four white stripes of 2 units in width superimposed with red stripes of 1 unit, arranged two by two in bend and bend sinister, running from the angles of a central, white rectangle of 6 units in width on 8 units in length charged with the municipal coat of arms.
§1. In compliance with the tradition of Portuguese heraldry, and their inherited canons and rules, municipal flags have to be divided in eight, six, four or three parts, featuring the same colors as the field of the coat of arms and in the center or at hoist a geometrical figure inscribing the municipal coat of arms.
§2. The municipal flag of Cabai obeys this general rule, being quartered in saltire. The coat of arms applied on the flag represents the municipal government while the white rectangle inscribing it represents the town proper as the municipal seat. White is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feeling. The white stripes charged with red stripes represent the spread of municipal power all over the territory. Red is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance. The green quarters represent the rural estates scattered over the municipal territory. Green is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance and hope; green also represents the greening fields in spring promising profuse harvests
In compliance with heraldic rules, the municipal flag shall have the official dimensions adopted for the national flag, 14 units in width on 20 units in length.
The coat of arms of Caiba, designed by the heraldist Arcinoé Antonio Peixoto de Faria,is described as follows:
A Samnite shield surmounted by a six-towered mural crown argent ports gules, in chief St. Catherine's armed wheel surrounded dexter and sinister by Brazilian pines proper issuant from a base vert charged with a pig passant sable. The shield supported dexter and sinister by wheat, soybean and maize plants fructed proper superimposed to a scroll gules containing in letters argent the toponym "CAIBI" and the dates "1957" and "1964".
The coat of arms has the following symbolic interpretation:
a) The Samnite shield, used to represent the arms of Caibi, was the first style of shield introduced to Portugal by French influence, inherited by the Brazilian heraldry to evoke the colonizing race and main builder of the nation;
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of domain's coat of arms; argent (silver) with six towers, four visible in perspective view, it classifies the town as of third rank or municipal seat.
c) Argent (silver) is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, prosperity, purity and religious feeling.
d) In chief, St. Catherine's armed wheel gules (red) recalls that the town belongs to Santa Catarina state.
e) Gules (red) is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
f) The stylized Brazilian pines proper issuant from a base vert (green) recall timber industry, the municipality's natural resource.
g) Vert (green) recalls the town's name, Caibi meaning "a dense forest" or "green leaves". Green is also a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance and hope; green also represents the greening fields in spring promising profuse harvests.
h) The pig sable (black) represents pig breeding, one of the municipality's main sources of income.
i) Sable (black) is the heraldic symbol of austerity, prudence, moderation, wisdom and firmness.
j) The outer ornaments, maize and soybean, represent the main products of the generous and fertile soil, sources of income for the municipality.
i) On a scroll gules (red), in letters argent (silver) the identifying toponym "CAIBI" is surrounded by years "1957", for the district's creation, and "1965", for its political emancipation.
Legislação Municipal database
Ivan Sache, 2 November 2021