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Cravinhos, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Cravinhos, SP (Brazil)7:10 by Joseph McMillan

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About the Flag of Cravinhos

The municipal flag was created in 1972 by law no. 32/72. It is a horizontal bicolor, red over green, with the municipal coat of arms on a white panel in the center. The coat of arms was adopted on 5 September 1966 by law no. 22/66 and first displayed on 13 March 1968. The field is divided in half horizontally, with the upper half divided vertically into three sections (tierced in pale): (1) blue with a gold Latin cross, representing the faith of the Christian people of Brazil; (2) red with two clasped hands proper, symbolizing the union of all elements that inhabit the city as well as the mixture of peoples originating from the various continents, which have, since the beginning of the colonization of Brazil, been amalgamated without racial distinction [or so asserts the official explanation of the arms]; (3) green with a flaming torch, symbolizing the prospects for progress. The lower half is white with a black wavy bar representing the Ribeirão Preto [Black River] which runs through Cravinhos. The supporters are a branch of arabica coffee and one of sugar cane. The scroll is blue with the motto in gold, Por Cravinhos Fiant Ommia (Everything is done for Cravinhos). The usual symbolism is assigned to the colors.
Joseph McMillan, 26 August 2002

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