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Petrolina, Pernambuco (Brazil)

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Petrolina, PE (Brazil) image by António Martins

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About the Flag of Petrolina

A vertical tricolor of green, yellow and red, apparently 7:10; on the central panel two red crossed oars on a green mandacaru cactus (Cereus peruvianus). This flag was created in September 1970 by the winner of a competition, Armindo Trajano Maia. It was first hoisted on 1 May 1971 and was adopted by law 26 May 1971. The mandacaru cactus is emblematic of the local shrublands and the oars stand for the São Francisco River boatmen. As usual, green stands for hope and agricultural lushness; red symbolizes blood, bravery, and struggle; and yellow represents golden wealth.
António Martins, 18 December 2001