Brazilian Flag

Brazilian Flag



The Flag of Brazil - Description of the Brazilian Flag
  • The description of the Brazilian Flag is as follows:
    • The overall Brazilian flag background is green
    • With a large yellow diamond in the center
    • The diamond bears a blue celestial globe with 27 white five-pointed stars (one for each state and the Federal District) arranged in the same pattern as the night sky over Brazil
    • The globe has a white equatorial band with the motto ORDEM E PROGRESSO (Order and Progress)

  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Brazilian flag represent the following:
    • Yellow - the Brazilian gold reserves
    • Green -  the Amazon Rainforest, the Atlantic Jungle, and the Pantana
  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Brazilian flag is described Emblem -reflecting the central design of the flag pattern
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Brazilian flag is described as 10:17
  • The Meaning & History of the Brazilian Flag - Brazil's current flag was inspired by the flag of the former Brazilian Empire
  • November 19th 1889 - The Brazilian Republican flag was officially adopted

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
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Brazilian Flag Etiquette
  • Brazilian Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Brazilian as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Brazilian
    • State Flag of Brazilian
    • Military Flag of Brazilian (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Brazilian
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Brazilian Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Brazilian should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Brazilian flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Brazilian should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Brazilian flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Brazilian, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a new flag.
Terminology & Etiquette in Brazilian Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Brazilian flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Brazilian flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Brazilian flag to the top, then lowering the Brazilian Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Brazilian flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Brazilian flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Brazilian flag
  • The Brazilian flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Brazilian flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Brazilian flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Brazilian Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Brazilian Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource.

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Location: Eastern South America,
bordering the Atlantic

  • Brazilian Land Size : 8,456,510 sq km
  • Brazilian Climate / Weather : mostly tropical, but temperate in south
  • Brazilian Population : 184,101,109
  • Former Name(s) : n/a
  • Brazilian Capital City: Brasilia
  • Brazilian GDP: $1.379 trillion (2003 est.)
  • Brazilian Main Industries : textiles, shoes, chemicals, cement, lumber, iron ore, tin, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, other machinery and equipment
  • Brazilian Agricultural products : coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus; beef
  • Brazilian Currency : real (BRL)
  • Main Colors of the Brazilian Flag : Green and Yellow
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Brasilian
South America - Concise History of the  Mesoamerican civilisations
  • Mesoamericans were the ancient civilisations of South America which is now divided into 12 independent countries consisting of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela
  • The diverse civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica included the Olmecs, Toltecs, Aztecs, Incas and Mayans
  • 5000-1200 BC
    The Ancestors of the people of South America were believed to have been nomadic Asian hunter-gatherers who crossed over the frozen Bering Strait and into North America. From there they traveled to the lands of South America and were the descendents of the great Mesoamerican civilisations and established corn cultivation, pottery and the use of stone tools
  • The Olmecs - 1200 BC- 300 AD
    The Olmecs were the first true civilisation of South America and were the ancestors of the later cultures
  • The Mayan Civilisation - 300 - 1500's
    The Mayans empire covered Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. The Mayans developed astronomy and hieroglyphic writing
  • The Toltec Civilisation - 900's - 1100's
    The Toltecs ruled Mexico and Guatemala from the 10th to the 12th century
  • The Aztec Civilisation - 1100'S- 1500'S
    The Aztecs' rose to power in Mexico during the 12th and 13th centuries and remained in control until the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th Century
  • The Inca Civilisation - 1438 - 1535
    The empire of the Incas covered Peru, Bolivia, northern Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador. The amazing rise of the Incas was achieved in less than one hundred years and covered an area of nearly 400,000 square miles
  • The Spanish conquistadors - 1535
    The later civilisations of South America abruptly ended in 1535 when the Spanish conquistadors seized control
Concise History of Brazil & its Flag
  • 1500 22nd April - Pedro Alvares Cabral (1460-1526), Portuguese explorer and master of the Nina in 1492, discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal
  • 1540 Spanish conquistador Cabeza de Vaca was appointed governor of the Brazilian province of Rio de la Plata
  • 1550 African slaves were shipped to Brazil to work sugar plantations
  • 1624 The Dutch conquered Salvador
  • 1636 Nov 17 - Brazilian general Henrique Dias won a decisive battle against the Dutch
  • 1661 Aug 6, Holland sold Brazil to Portugal for 8 million guilders
  • 1763 The Brazilian capital was changed from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro
  • 1789 Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier launched the first Brazilian rebellion against Portugal
  • 1792 Jose da Silva Xavier was hung, drawn and quartered by the Portuguese
  • 1810 Overthrow of the king of Spain by Napoleon
  • 1822 Sep 7, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal
  • 1822-1889 Pedro I ruled Brazil starting the period of the Brazilian monarchy
  • 1832 Apr 8, Charles Darwin began a trip through Rio de Janeiro
  • 1888 May 13, Slavery was abolished in Brazil and 4 million slaves were freed
  • 1889 Nov 15, Brazilian monarchy was overthrown and a republic was established
  • 1931 Oct 12, The 98-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro was unveiled  on the top of Corcovado Mountain as a Brazilian monument to 100 years of independence from Portugal
  •  The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeirowas designed by Brazilian artist Carlos Oswald and French sculptor Paul Landowski
  • 1964 Apr 2, A military coup in Brazil led by Gen. Humberto Castello Branco
  • 1964-1985 A military dictatorship ruled over Brazil
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