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Guacara (Carabobo, Venezuela)

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Guacara image by Luis Manuel Lopez Rojas, 18 April 2020

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Description of the flag

Red represents the blood that the heroes spilled in the battle of Vigirima.
Yellow represents the wealth of our lands with cultivation, commerce and industry.
Blue represents the waters that flow through the municipality.
Green symbolizes the vegetation, the agricultural lands, the flora and fauna of the municipality.
The 3 stars symbolize the 3 parishes that make up the municipality.
The Guacara symbol in the yellow triangle is the Goddess of rain, representing the fertility of her lands.

Luis Manuel Lopez Rojas, 18 April 2020

An official website provides more detailed information on the flag.

The flag, designed by Jhoender José Rodriguez Castillo, was inaugurated on 20 February 2011.
The flag is horizontally divided red-blue-green with three white stars in the center and a yellow triangle placed long the upper hoist, charged with a representation of the Goddess of Rain.

The red stripe represents blood shed by the heroes in the battle of Vigirima, strength, struggle, force and Socialism.
On 20 November 1813, José Felix Ribas, commanding troops mostly composed of his students and supplemented by forces sent by Simón Bolívar, met the Royal troops commanded by Colonel Salomón heading to Valencia. The Independentists won the battle after three days of fierce fighting.

The blue stripe symbolizes the great quantity and diversity of water available on the municipal territory, like the river [Guacara] and the lake [Tacariguas / Valencia].
The three stars represent the parishes of Guacara (urban parish, capital; 148,570 inh.), Ciudad Alianza (urban parish, 23,000 inh.) and Yagua (rural parish, 29,953 inh.). White is a symbol of peace, love and kindness.

The green stripe means the beauty of the vegetation, fertile lands used for agriculture, the wide and diversified range of trees and flowers, and, most important, the inhabitants' love and commitment for natural environment.

The yellow triangle represents the resources offered by agriculture, commerce and industry.
The Goddess of Rain is the symbol of the ancestors who designed it to represent the fertility of the soil and of the archeological resources of the municipality.
Guacara Directorate for the Protection of the Youth

The Goddess of Rain is a hieroglyph (drawing engraved in a rock) found in Vigirima, in the archeological megalithic site protected today as the Archeological Park of Painted Stones and included in the San Esteban National Park. The hieroglyphs, dated from 4500 to 1000 BC, were designed by Arahuaco living near Lake Akeúna (Valencia), whose water was thought to confer eternal life.
The Goddess of Rain was named and presented for the first time in 1939 by Luis Oramas during the 27th International Americanist Congress held in México. Considered as the best piece of rock art found in Venezuela, the Goddess of Rain was subsequently widely popularized and studied. Omar Idler provided its definitive, accurate, representation in his book dedicated to the Guaraca hieroglyphs ("Petroglifos de Tacarigua", 1985).
Leonardo Páez. 2008. La diosa de la lluvia o fertilidad: su documentación a través del tiempo. Rupestreweb

Ivan Sache, 19 April 2020