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Dracena, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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About the Flag of Dracena

From the muncipal ordinance on the flag at

The flag shall be rectangular, in variable size depending on its usage, its length [fly] being always a third larger than its height [hoist]. [In other words, the ratio is 2:3.--trans.] The field of the flag is divided into three stripes of equal width, the outer ones green and the central one golden-yellow. On the left side [hoist], a triangle, covering the whole height, with the larger apex penetrating the center of the golden yellow stripe [this apparently meaning that the triangle is formed by the hoist and the hoist-side hemidiagonals--trans.], the triangle being red and including three white five-pointed stars, placed at the same distance from each point of the triangle, forming a second triangle. The colors green and golden yellow, representative of the national flag, also symbolize, through their setting, the colors of the dracena plant, from which the city name derives. [I believe it's the famous Dracena draco, (in Portuguese dragoeiro, though I seem to recall its flowers are white.--trans.] The three white stars, whose color stands for the peace the people of Dracena want to live and thrive under, also mean:
  • a) God, Fatherland and Family, symbols of our faith, of our love for Brazil, and of our veneration towards the human family;
  • b) Equality, Liberty and Fraternity, the essence of a democratic regime under the rule of law;
  • c) The judicial, legislative, and executive powers, the three powers which rule our destiny and of every educated nation; and
  • d) Dracena, Jacipor„, and Jamaica, the three districts which make up the Dracena municipality.
Dov Gutterman, 2 July 2001
Translated by António Martins