Brazil Flag Facts
Facts for Kids 1: Brazil Flag
On 15 November, 1889, the First Brazilian Republic was formed. Four days later, on 19 November, 1889, the flag of Brazil was officially adopted. The flag is known widely as A Auriverde, which is Portuguese for ‘the yellow and green one’. Portuguese is the main language of this South American country.
Facts for Kids 2: Brazil Flag
The flag of Brazil features a green field, adorned with a yellow rhombus (diamond), with a blue disc that portrays the night sky as it contains 27 stars of different sizes, shaped to represent a constellation in the southern sky, known as the Southern Cross. A white band arcs across the blue disc and within the white band, feature the words ‘Ordem et Progresso’ in green writing. This is Brazil’s national motto meaning ‘Order and Progress’.
Facts for Kids 3: Brazil Flag
The national motto of Brazil forms a very important part of the flag’s design and its words are capitalized to enhance its appearance. The National Motto of Brazil ‘Ordem et Progresso’ was created by the same man that designed and placed it on the National Flag of Brazil, a Brazilian mathematician and philosopher named Raimundo Teixeira Mendes (1855-1927).
Facts for Kids 4: Brazil Flag
Later versions of the National Flag of Brazil have seen the addition of stars to the blue disk that lies central to its design. The first flag began with 21 stars, the second version was introduced in 1960 and featured 22 stars, the third flag took its place in 1968 and featured 23 stars, and the current version, which was introduced in 1992, features 27 stars. The stars represent the states within Brazil, so as new states are added to Brazil, new stars are gained on the design of the flag. Since the original flag was adopted in 1889, six stars have been added. These six additional stars represents the states of Guanabara, Acre, Amapá, Roraima, Rondônia and Tocantins.
Facts for Kids 5: Brazil Flag
The colors used on the design of the Brazilian flag hold various significant meanings which symbolize the history, strength, geography and beauty of Brazil. The color green represents the Amazon Jungle (approximately 60% of the Amazon Rainforest covers Brazil), the color yellow represents the mineral wealth and gold reserves of this South American country, and the blue disc with stars was taken from the pattern of stars in the night sky above the city of Rio de Janeiro on November 15, 1889.