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Arujá, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Arujá, SP (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 22 September 2012

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Quartered blue and white, with the municipal shield centred.

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Dirk Schönberger, 22 September 2012

The municipality of Arujá (74,818 inhabitants in 2010; 9,745 ha) is located in São Paulo Metropolitan Area, 45 km of São Paulo.

Arujá originates in the building of a chapel dedicated to Jesus Christ. According to a local tradition, the chapel was erected in 1781 to protect a statue of the Christ found in the neighborhood by natives. The district of Arujá was established by Provincial Law No. 4 of 8 June 1852, as part of the municipality of Mogi das Cruzes. The municipality of Arujá was established by State Law No. 5,285 of 18 February 1959 and inaugurated on 1 January 1960. - Municipal website

The flag of Arujá is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 171, adopted in 1968. It was designed by Juvenal Barbosa, a civil servant of the municipal administration of Arujá. In 1976, the local section of the Lions Club organized the distribution of municipal flags to the educational institutes and public administrations. The color of the blue quarters is specified as "celeste blue (color of the sky)". - Arujá "electronic government" website

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On some photos, the quarters appear to be swapped:

The coat of arms of Arujá is "Tierced per fess wavy, 1. Argent two stars gules, 2. Azure 12 fishes of the first in three palls of four, 3. Argent a Cross of the Order of Christ. The shield surmounted by a mural crown argent ports gules".

The fess wavy charged with fishes stand for the name of the place, from the Tupi-Guarani words "aru" and "ya", meaning "rich in guppies". Therefore, the arms are canting. The two stars recall the coat of arms of Brazil and of São Paulo State. The Cross of the Order of Christ is a traditional symbol of Brazil, shown on the caravels that discovered the country and on the coat of arms of the Kingdom and Empire of Brazil. The mural crown is a symbol of political emancipation. - Arujá "electronic government" website
Ivan Sache, 30 December 2012