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Mato Rico, Paraná (Brazil)

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[Flag of Mato Rico, PR (Brazil)] image by Ivan Sache, 5 February 2022
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About the Flag

The municipality of Mato Rico (3,822 inhabitants in 2010; 39,453 ha) is located 300 km west of Curitiba.

Mato Rico was established in 1944 on the right bank of river Mato Rico by Salomão Ferreira da Luz, aka Salomão Raposo. He was a descendant of the famous Paulista pioneer Antonio Raposo Tavares, the namesake of the road that connects São Paulo to North Paraná.
The municipality of Mato Rico was established by State Law No. 9,563 promulgated on 31 January 1991, separating from Pitanga.

The flag and arms of Mato Rico are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 19 promulgated on 19 November 1993.

Article 2.
The flag of the municipality of Mato Rico shall be rectangular, in proportions 14 units in width on 20 units in length, in accordance with Article 5 of Federal Law No. 5,700, with the following features.
a) The flag consists of two equal fields in green, both in the shape of a scalene right-angled triangle.
b) The white stripe, 8 units in width, which separates the triangles, runs from the upper right (host side) to the lower left corner.
c) On the white stripe, in the center of the flag, the coat of arms of the municipality of Mato Rico is applied, which symbolizes the municipal government.

Article 5.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Mato Rico, designed under the coordination of Encyclopedia Simbológica Municipalista Paranaense - ESIMPAR, is composed of a Samnite shield, in proportions 7 units in length by 8 units in width, divided in three parts, with the following characteristics.
a) Upper part of the shield
The shield's upper field, separated in two lower fields by a wavy stripe, features three green terrain elevations, indicating the predominance of mountainous soil in the region. In this green area stand five Brazilian pine trees (_Araucaria angustifolia_) proper, with the 2nd and 4th trees close to the wavy stripe and the others in perspective. These indicate the abundance of forests in the municipality. Between the first and the the second land elevation, from right to left, a rising sun proper, which symbolizes Mato Rico's people who renews himself at each dawn. On the elevations, the firmament is depicted in blue.
b) Wavy stripe
Starting horizontally from the 4th unit, a wavy stripe 1/2 unit in width, blue, separates the upper field from the lower fields. This stripe represents the hydrography of the municipality of Mato Rico.
c) Shield content
The lower part of the shield is vertically divided by a black outline forming two equal fields.
The lower right, green field features in the center a standing black ox, with the body turned to the right and the head turned to the front. It symbolizes work and represents the town's thriving livestock resources.
The lower left, brown field features in the center, a farmer, in white, holding a plow drawn by a horse, in black, plowing the land. It represents the cultivation of the soil, an expanding activity in the Municipality.
d) Additional shield's symbol
a) Crown
The shield is surmounted by a six-towered mural crown argent (silver), only four of them visible, with the black gates, representing the municipal authority.
b) Supporters
The shield of the municipality of Mato Rico is supported on its right side by a maize plant fructed and, on its left side, by a cotton plant, the two proper. Beneath the shield a bean plant proper. They represent the main agricultural resources of the municipality.
c) Scroll
At the lower end of the shield a yellow scroll is inscribed in black with "31-1 - MATO RICO - 1991", which means, respectively, the town's date of creation and toponym.
d) Colors
Blue is the color of the firmament. It symbolizes justice, truth, loyalty and beauty.
Green denotes faith. It symbolizes hope, freedom, strength of nature.
Yellow is the image of maturity of judgment. It symbolizes nobleness, magnitude and wealth.
White is pure light. It symbolizes integrity, obedience, vigilance, peace and order.
Black belongs to the domain of intelligence. It symbolizes prudence, vigor and honesty.
Brown represents the earth. Its symbology is identified with the virtues and qualities described for black.
Leis Municipais database

Image from the municipal website

Ivan Sache, 5 February 2022