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Brazilian Flag Meaning: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Angela Burke

Angela has over ten years of teaching experience in Special Education, classroom teaching and GT. She has a master's degree in Special Ed with an emphasis in Gifted.

The country of Brazil has a beautiful flag. In this lesson, discover what the different colors and pictures symbolize, and what constellations are on the flag.

Blue, Green and Yellow

When you think of the colors red, white and blue, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of the American flag. Each color represents something special about America. White symbolizes purity, blue stands for justice, and red is a symbol of bravery. A symbol is a sign or word that stands for an idea or object.

Flags are an important part of a country's identity, and no two are alike. Brazilians honor their flag just like Americans do. Brazil is the largest country in South America. Let's discover more about the blue, green and yellow flag of Brazil that was adopted on November 15, 1889.

Brazilian Flag
flag

Flora and Fauna

If you've seen the movie Rio, you know it's about two little blue macaw birds that are native to Brazil. The movie shows the lush green scenery of Brazil.

So, it's no wonder that the Brazilian flag uses the color green. Brazil is the home of the Amazon Rainforest, where thousands of plant, bird and reptile species live. The green color on the Brazilian flag represents the country's flora, or plants, and fauna, which is wildlife.

The green on the Brazilian flag represents the lush flora and fauna.
flora

What about the yellow rhombus, or diamond, on the flag? Believe it or not, Brazil had its own gold rush between 1693 and 1720. Gold mining and fortune-seeking were an important part of Brazil's history, and there are still large reserves of gold today. The color yellow represents this gold.

Scorpius and Canis Major

Have you ever gone outside at night to stargaze? The stars connect to make beautiful pictures in the night sky. Maybe that's why stars are popular images to put on flags.

The Brazilian flag has a blue globe in the middle of it that represents the night sky. On this blue circle are 27 stars. They are placed exactly as they appeared on November 15, 1889, above the capital city of Rio de Janeiro. This is the date when the Republic of Brazil was formed.

Brazilian flag in Rio de Janeiro
Rio

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