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Sinimbu, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Sinimbu, RS (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 6 August 2020

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The municipality of Sinimbu (10,847 inhabitants in 2017; 51,010 ha) is located 170 km of Porto Alegre.

Sinimbu was allegedly named for the Tupi-Guarani name of a bird species, but there is no record of the presence of such a bird in Sinimbu. Another explanation says that the place's name was coined by a native, for a word meaning "Bush Lizard". Afonso Pedro Mabilde, once director of the colony, stated that there was no native there but those crossing the territory when heading to the uplands. The most probable etymology refers to João Lino Vieira Cansanção de Sinimbu, President of the Province of São Pedro do Rio Grande do Sul, who pushed the colonization of "linhas" Sinimbu, São João da Serra, Dona Josefa and Andréas.

Sinimbu was first settled in the middle of the 19th century by João Backes. Plots were designed in 1878 by Carlos Trein Filho. The district of Sinimbu was established in 1905 within Santa Cruz do Sul.
The municipality of Sinimbu was established on 20 March 1992.
Municipality website

Ivan Sache, 6 August 2020


A green-white-green ascending diagonal triband, with the fields bordered in blue and the municipal coat of arms in the centre.
Dirk Schönberger, 19 April 2012

The flag of the municipality shall have official colors blue, white and green, diagonally divided by two blue stripes forming two green triangles and a white central part, representing:
- Blue, the beauty of the water and of the sky;
- White, fraternity and faith;
- Green, the soil's fertility and economic progress represented by agriculture.

The coat of arms of the municipality obeys the following design and description.
A German shield divided by a blue wavy bend sinister, representing the waterways, especially river Pardinho with its waterfalls, a river of great beauty that crosses the municipality and forms a place of leisure and attraction for the region's inhabitants.
Dexter to the bend sinister wavy is featured a red and yellow sun over mountains and green fields, symbolizing life's rejuvenation and people's aspiration to a flourishing new municipality.
In the dexter field, a plow or symbolizing the municipality's origin, originally inhabited by colonists who settled there and developed agriculture; a book symbolizing the constant search for education and knowledge required for development, characterized by a great number a schools in the municipality; a cogwheel, representing industry and its great potential for the region.
Sinister to the bend, on a white field, the German coat of arms crossed by two lances topped by standards with the colors of Rio Grande do Sul, representing the German origin of a great proportion of its inhabitants and the preservation of their traditions through groups of folk dances and choirs, as well as the cultivation of Gaúcha tradition, highlighted by the lances with standards, also representing also the people who colonized the region.
Right and left of the shield are tobacco flowers and leaves and maize leaves and cobs, green and or, symbolizing agriculture, mainly practiced by smallholders, a source of income and work, forming one of the pillars of the municipality's economy.
The shield is surmounted by the Catholic and Evangelic churches, representing the people's religion, founding daily struggle and supplying force to defeat obstacles.
Municipal website


Ivan Sache, 6 August 2020