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Arucas (Municipality, Canary Islands, Spain)

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[Municipal flag]

Flag of Arucas, as seen hoisted upon the Town Hall - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 September 2011

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Symbols of Arucas

The flag of Arucas is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 6 March 1995 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 5 April 1995 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 42, pp. 2,359-2,360 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Panel in proportions 2:3, vertically divided in the middle, yellow at hoist and emerald green at fly.
The municipal coat of arms of Arucas, in its original colours, is placed in the middle of the yellow field.
The coat of arms has proportions 2:4 relative to the flag's height.
The staff is cylindrical, gilded with lead. For hoisting on public buildings, the staff shall be made of wood; for official acts, the staff shall be tubular, made of gilded metal.

According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the yellow colour symbolizes the diligence of the inhabitants and the prosperity based upon the diligence. The green colour symbolizes agriculture and hope in a brilliant future. The vertical placement symbolizes diligence and agriculture as the pillars of welfare.

[Municipal flag]

Coat of arms of Arucas - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 September 2011

The coat of arms of Arucas is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 21 May 1954 by the Spanish Government. The arms are "Per pale, 1. Or a bee hive surrounded by bees, 2. Gules dexter a club and a sword proper crossed per saltire sinister a sword and a club proper crossed per saltire. Beneath the shield a scroll argent inscribed with the motto "Ora et Labora" in letters sable. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown open.

The bees and beehive symbolize the diligence of the inhabitants. The club (magado) is a native's weapon. The club placed above the sword symbolizes their victory over the Castilians led by Juan Rejón,while the sword placed above the club symbolizes the final victory of Pedro de Vera over chief Doramas.

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 30 September 2011