10 Facts About Brazilian flag


The new Brazilian flag featured the imperial coat of arms within a yellow rhombus, on a green field.

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Imperial Brazilian flag was slightly modified during the reign of Pedro II, when an extra star was added to the imperial arms to conform to the new territorial organization of the country.

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The Brazilian flag was designed by a group formed by Raimundo Teixeira Mendes, Miguel Lemos, Manuel Pereira Reis and Decio Villares.

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Decree No 4, issued on 19 November 1889, legally replaced the Brazilian flag used under the constitutional monarchy with the new national Brazilian flag.

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The Brazilian flag's length is twenty modules and the width, fourteen, translating into an aspect ratio of 10:7.

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Paulo Araujo Duarte of the Federal University of Santa Catarina claims that "the creators of our republican Brazilian flag intended to represent the stars in the sky at Rio de Janeiro at 8:30 in the morning on 15 November 1889, the moment at which the constellation of the Southern Cross was on the meridian of Rio de Janeiro and the longer arm [of the cross] was vertical".

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The Brazilian flag must be permanently hoisted at the Praca dos Tres Poderes in Brasilia.

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The Brazilian flag must be raised and lowered daily at the presidential palaces ; ministries; National Congress; Supreme Federal Tribunal; Supreme Court of Justice; seats of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches; diplomatic missions; Federal, state and local institutions; and merchant navy units.

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The only exceptions are when the foreign Brazilian flag is displayed in an embassy or consulate and in prize-giving ceremonies of sport competitions won by foreign athletes.

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Brazilian naval jack is a rectangular flag bearing 21 white stars on a dark blue field – a horizontal row of 13 and a vertical column of 9, orthogonally displayed.

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