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São Bernardino, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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[Flag of São Bernardino, Santa Catarina image by Dirk Schönberger, 5 August 2012

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The municipality of São Bernardino (3,052 inhabitants in 2010; 14,496 ha) is located 650 km north-west of Florianópolis.

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Description of the Flag

Vertically divided red-yellow-green-yellow-blue-yellow-green-yellow-red, 1-1-1-1-16-1-1-1-1, with the municipal shield in the centre on a white disk.

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Dirk Schönberger, 5 August 2012

The flag and arms of São Bernardino are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 17 promulgated on 19 March 1997.

Article 2.
The coat of arms shall have the following symbolic interpretation.
The Samnite shield used to represent the arms of São Bernardino was the first style of shield introduced to Portugal by French influence; inherited by the Brazilian heraldry, it evokes the colonizing race and main builder of the nation.

The municipal coat of arms has the following meaning, regarding its shape, colors and details.
1. The shield-shaped field is subdivided into five geometric figures characterizing the main sources of income of São Bernardino's people, as well as the origin of the municipality, which was separated from the municipalities of Campo Erê and Sãp Lourenço do Oeste.
2. In the upper left quarter, on a celestial blue background, a milk cow's head with a cask, symbolizing dairy as an alternative source of income for households.
3. On the side, symbolizing animal breeding, a bovine's head and a pig's head, representing the main source of income of the São Bernardino's breeders.
4. Left in the shield's inner part, two strong ripening maize cobs, beside beans plants with thee riping pods on a celestial blue background.
5. Right in the lower right part of the semi-circle, three Brazilian pines symbolizing the main rainforest tree. Replanted trees, extracted timber, representing timber industry, in a limpid and stainless blue sky.
6. In the shield's center, on a white circle outlined in black, a partial representation of St. Bernard, symbolizing the patron saint of the chapel at the origin of the name of the new municipality.
7. Surrounding the shield, two ripening maize plants with two cobs, standing on a red scroll and interlaced with bean plants representing the main crops, sources of income for the municipality.
8 - Beneath the shield, a red scroll inscribed with the date of establishment of the municipality, "19/07" at one end and year "1995" at the other. In the scroll's center, the toponym "SÃO BERNARDINO" and the acronym of Santa Catarina state, letters and numbers white on a red background.
9. The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of domain's arms; argent with three towers, it symbolizes dominion, emancipation and struggle for the development of the municipality. The red open gates symbolize freedom of action and empowerment and equality among the citizens.

Article 4.
The municipal flag of São Bernardino shall have the same proportional dimensions as the national flag, that is, 14 units in width on 20 units in length.

Article 5.
The municipal flag of São Bernardino is composed of five colors.
a) Celestial blue, forming an horizontal rectangle of 12.8 units in length on 14 units in width, charged in the center with a white circle inscribing the municipal coat of arms.
b) White, forming a circle of 7.8 units in diameter placed in the flag's center, charged with the municipal coat of arms of São Bernardino.
c) Red forming two vertical stripes at the flag's ends, each of 1.2 unit in length on 14 units in width (flag's width), bordered by yellow stripes.
Red is one of the colors of the flag of Santa Catarina; it symbolizes courage and force in the struggle for the municipality's emancipation and development.
d) Yellow forming two golden yellow stripes, between the red and green stripes, of 0.6 unit in length on 14 units in width.
Yellow is one of the colors of the national flag; it symbolizes the soil and subsoil resource.
e) Flag green, forming two vertical stripes between the yellow stripes, of 1.2 unit in length on 14 units in width, parallel to the yellow stripes.
Green represents one of the colors of the national flag; it represents rainforest, reforested areas and aspiration to people to see the young municipality of São Bernardino's success and economical development.
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