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Várzea Paulista, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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Várzea Paulista, SP (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 22 February 2013
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Description of the Flag

A green flag with a white-red-white horizontal stripe across the centre, and a white triangle extending from the hoist bearing the municipal arms.

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Dirk Schönberger, 22 February 2013

The municipality of Várzea Paulista (107,146 inhabitants in 2010; 3,643 ha) is located 10 km of Jundiaí and 50 km of São Paulo. Várzea Paulista is known as "Orchid Town", being one of the main centers of orchid production in South America, with five commercial companies and hundreds of amateur growers. The "Biorchids" company, seated in the Mursa borough, is considered as one of the biggest exporters in South America, selling every year one million seedlings to China, Thailand and the US. The orchid exhibition "Orquivárzea", presenting more than 10,000 species, has been organized by the municipality every year since 2005

Várzea Paulista emerged with the inauguration on 1 July 1891 of a railway station on the Santos-Jundiaí line, whose building had been initiated in 1867 by the São Paulo Railway Co. The company built over the tracks a bridge still known as "Ponte Seca" (Dry Bridge). The first settler of the place was Isaac de Souza Galvão, who established a grocery store. The district of Secundino Veiga, name for a noted journalist of the time, was established in 1956, as part of the municipality of Jundiaí, and renamed Várzea in 1960. The municipality of Várzea Paulista was inaugurated on 21 March 1965.

The symbols of Várzea Paulista, designed by Arcinoé Peixoto de Faria, are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 279 of 23 March 1972.

The flag is green with a thin white-red-white horizontal stripe in the middle. A white triangle, charged with the municipal coat of arms, is placed along the hoist. The triangle represents the town as the seat of the municipality. The stripes represent the municipal power. The green fields represent the rural estate, which develop in a good balance with the urban areas. - Municipal website

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The coat of arms is made of a green shield. Green is a symbol of honour, civility, courtesy, abundance, peace, friendship, work, prosperity and religious purity The escutcheons placed on the shield are the arms of the Galvão, Souza and Castro family. The first escutcheon, black with an eagle, is a tribute to the founder Issac de Souza Galvão. The second escutcheon, blue with red lions, represents José Souza Constantino. The third escutcheon, blue with a sea horse, immortalizes Eduardo de Castro. Black is a symbol of prudence, knowledge, moderation, austerity and strong-mindedness, Blue is a symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty. Red is a symbol of patriotic love, dedication, audacity, intrepidity, courage and valiance. The shield is supported by chimneys representing ceramic industry. The gear wheels paced beneath the chimneys represent the business park. - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 23 February 2013