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image by Ivan Sache,
3 November 2021
The municipality of Içara (57,247 inhabitants in 2019; 22,893 ha) is located
180 km south of Florianópolis.
The town is named for the içara / juçara palm tree, Euterpe edulis Martius; as highlighted by the Latin epithet edulis (edible), içara was widely harvested for hearts of palm, which caused the near-extinction of the species in the wild.
Içara was mostly settled by Italian immigrants established around 1920 at Km 47 of the newly built railway. Km 47 was made a district of Criciúma in 1944, separating from the district of São Sebastião, which had been established in 1933.
The municipality of Içara was established on 20 December 1961 and inaugurated on 30 December 1961.
Website of the Municipal Chamber
Ivan Sache, 3 November 2021
A blue flag with a red saltire bordered white, with the municipal arms in the centre in a white rectangle.
Official website at
Dirk Schönberger, 18 June 2012
The flag and arms of Içara are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 151
promulgated on 14 June 1969.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Içara shall be constituted as follows.
a) The Samnit shield was the first style of shield introduced to Portugal by French influence, evoking the Latin colonizing race and main builder of the Brazilian nation;
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of domain's coats of arms; argent (silver) with six towers, four visible in perspective view, it classifies the town as of third rank or municipal seat.
c) Azure (blue) is the color of the firmament, one of the characteristics of the coastal region, and the heraldic symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty, also a symbol of beauty and recreation.
d) In the center, a sailboat sailing on sea argent (silver) wavy vert (green) highlights the municipality as coastal and fishing activity; similarly, the sea horses or (gold) outlined vert (green) cantoned in chief suggest beaches, a call to tourism.
e) In chief argent (silver) three palm trees vert (green) in fess, make the arms canting, recalling the toponym "Içara", which means "land of palm trees".
f) Argent (silver) is the heraldic symbol of peace, work, prosperity, friendship, and purity. Or (gold) is a symbol of glory, splendor, greatness, and command. Vert (green) is a symbol of civility, honor, courtesy, abundance, being the symbolic color of hope, alluding to greening fields in spring promising profuse harvests.
g) The outer ornaments, cassava and tobacco, represent the main products of the generous and fertile soil.
h) On a scroll gules (red), in letters argent (silver) the identifying toponym "IÇARA" surrounded by dates "1924" for its foundation and "1961" for its political emancipation of its political emancipation.
i) Gules (red) is the heraldic symbol of dedication, patriotic love, intrepidity, courage, valiance, and audacity.
The flag of the municipality of Içara shall be constituted as follows.
Quartered in saltire, the blue quarters formed by four white stripes superimposed with red stripes, placed two in bend and two in bend sinister reaching the angles of a central white rectangle charged with the municipal coat of arms.
§1. The flag of the municipality of Içara symbolizes:
a) Quartered in saltire, in compliance with the Portuguese heraldic tradition, and its inherited canons and rules; the quartering constituted by stripes starting from the flag's corners and crossing in the center, on their intersection is applied the geometric figure containing the coat of arms.
b) The coat of arms in the center represents the municipal government while the white rectangle symbolizes the town proper as the municipal seat. White is a symbol of peace, work, friendship, purity and prosperity.
c) The stripes that start from the angles of the central rectangle and quarter the flag represent the spread of municipal power all over the territory. Red is a symbol of dedication, patriotic love, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance.
d) The blue quarters represent the rural estates scattered over the municipal territory. Blue is a symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty.
Leis Municipais database
Ivan Sache, 3 November 2021