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Fosca (Cundinamarca, Colombia)

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by Carlos Thompson (based on Felipe carrillo report), 28 August 2004

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The Municipality flag is a rectangular cloth or fabric that is fastened to the pole at one of its ends. The cloth is cut horizontally and at the middle by two colors or tinctures, by whoich Fosca is represented. In the upper part is the Green tincture and in the lower part is the yellow tincture. They can be understood in two ways: The green, as has been said in the description of the shield, is of similar color to fresh grass, to emerald, is symbol of hope, of fertility, of vegetation. As such it can be understood as the wealth or the Municipality, manifested in the agricultural production of the fields and the vegetation that sustains Fosca economy. Yellow, described in the shield as green, is the color of gold, of sugarcane and the color of the sun. It obviously refers to the wealth of the soil, not only by the gold, of which we asume have been deprived, but the wealth that for a farmer means his parcel of land, his native soil, as well as the same characteristic of the Municipality of having been a great producer of sugarcane, that is still being produced but not at the same rate, and finally and as logical reason, it referes to the great light that dawns in Fosca each morning with great shine by the geographic situation, East Cundinamarca. Translation: Yellow stands for the wealth of the soil: gold (that thy believe stripped of) and sugarcane (formerly an important part of economy, today less so), as well as the sunlight, of this eastern municipality. Other explanation that can be given to the flag is that, due to its geography, the Municipality has two regions that can be easily differenciated by its climate, customs and agricultural products...
In the upper part you find the deep green that refers to the veredas [Vereda is a rural subdivision of a municipality.  My University of Chicago dictionary translates it as small village, but a vereda does not need a village.] located in the upper part of the Municipality of Fosca, where you can diferenciate the highlands that allows a great agricultural variety as potato and products of cold climate, which allows to find these veredas year around with green depth of varied cultivations.
In the lower part of the flag and with yellow color it is represented the veredas located in the lower parts of the Municipality, they are warmer lands characerized by products like sugarcane, coffee, and by being a region that is know as a chicken producing region. This interpretation, before calling for division, pretendes to show the great unity that is lived in this beloved region.
[Summary: Horizontally divided green over yellow (no surprise: the flag is a rectangular piece of cloth, hoisted from one end.) Green is the color or emerald and grass and means hope, fertility and vegetable wealth. Yellow is the color of gold, sugarcane and sun.
Interpretation one: Green stands for agricultural wealth that sustains Fosca economy. Yellow stands for soil wealth (including stripped gold), sugarcane, and morning sunlight (marking that Fosca is located at the East of the department).
Interpretation two: Colors stand for upper and lower Fosca and its different climates, customs and products.]
Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez (traslated be Carlos Thompson), 10 January 2004

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by Carlos Thompson, 28 December 2004