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Ibiaçá, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Ibiaçá, RS (Brazil) image by Dirk Sch÷nberger, 17 February 2012

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The municipality of Ibiašß (4,710 inhabitants in 2010; 34,882 ha) is located 300 km of Porto Alegre.

Ibiašß originally belonged to Constanša Augusta Bueno de Oliveira, who sold a big domain to Filomeno Pereira Gomes. Italian immigrants could acquire small plots, which formed a small town named Vila Nova Fi˙me. When the first immigrants settled in 1916, there were already there three Caboclo families. Valentim Dalzotto established in 1923 a sawmill to exploit Brazilian pines and build houses. The first chapel was erected in June 1924, served by the parish priest of Sananduva. The same year were established a mill, a forge, an hotel and a commercial shop.
Nova Fi˙me was elevated, as Ibiašß, to the 12th district of Lagoa Vermelha by Municipal Law No. 59 promulgated on 5 May 1948. Ibiašß means in a local language "Fountain of Crystalline Water". Ibiašß was transferred in December 1954 to the newly established municipality of Sananduva, as its 2nd district. The municipality of Ibiašß was established by State Law No. 5,102 promulgated on 22 November 1965, and inaugurated on 15 May 1966.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 19 July 2020


The flag and arms of Ibiašß are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 18 promulgated on 10 October 1978.

Article 2.
A shield quartered by an outline or (gold) that also borders the shield, featuring: in chief dexter, on a field azure (blue) the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora Consoladora, which replaced the primitive church and was proclaimed a Marian sanctuary in 1952, gaining fame in the whole southern region of the country. The sanctuary has even let know the municipality beyond the borders and influences its development, since thousands visit it every year, especially in the traditional pilgrimage held on February's last Sunday. In chief sinister, on a white field and over a field vert (green), a mechanized plow, as the symbol of the municipality's dominant economic potential, agriculture. in base dexter, on a white field, a plant of soybean or (yellow) and vert (green), as the main crop. In base sinister, the statue of Nossa Senhora Consoladora enthroned inside the sanctuary, reputed miraculous and responsible graces obtained during the yearly pilgrimage. Beneath the shield a scroll or (yellow) with the writing "22/11 IBIAă┴ 1965", indicating the municipality's date of political emancipation. The shield surmounted by a three-towered mural crown or (gold)."

Article 4.
The flag of Ibiašß shall feature the blue and white colors, arranged in diagonal, composed of two blue triangles in the upper inner angle and the outer lower angle, and of a white stripe in the center, representing:
a) Blue: Faith and confidence of the community in the socio-economical future of the municipality and its inhabitants.
b) White: A message of peace and aspiration to people in a better unity and fraternization.
in the flag's center is placed the coat of arms of the municipality.

Article 5.
The flag's features shall obey the following rules.
I. The flag's width shall be of 12 units.
II. The flag's length shall be of 18 units.
III. The blue triangle in the inner upper angle and running in diagonal to the lower corner has a length along the flag's upper horizontal line of 12 units.
IV. The blue triangle in the outer lower angle and running in diagonal to the upper corner has a length along the flag's lower horizontal line of 12 units.
V. A white diagonal stripe, between the two triangles.
VI. The coat of arms in the flag's center shall have a width of 7 units, distant of 2.5 units from the upper and lower horizontal lines.
Leis Municipais database


Father Narcisso Zanatta (1930-1992) served as Vicar of the St. Philomena parish of Ibiašß from 10 February 1952 to 15 December 1957. He organized on 23,24 and 25 March 1952 a pilgrimage dedicated to Our Lady of Consolation / Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted, which ended with consecration and enthroning of a statue of the Virgin in the parish church. On 30 May 1954, during the celebration of the Marian Year commemorating the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, His Grace CÔndido Julio Bampi (1889-1978), Prelate of Vacaria, proclaimed Our Lady of the Consolation co-patron saint of the parish and established the date of the pilgrimage as February's last Sunday. Since then, the Ibiašß pilgrimage as one of the most popular Marian pilgrimage in South America. The present-day's Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora Consolada was built in 1970.
Pilgrimage official website

Ivan Sache, 19 July 2020