In the blue circle at the centre of the flag there are exactly 27 stars, one for each of the Brazilian states with an additional one for the Federal district. The flag was officially adopted on 19th November 1889 and it has represented Brazil for 126 years. Across the middle of the blue circle lies the national motto 'Ordem e Progresso' or 'Order and Progress'.
The national flag of Brazil
Brazil flag facts:
The flag was designed by Raimundo Teixeira Mendes in 1889 and there have been a number of versions of it during the flag's 126 year lifetime. The first version had 21 stars and this was updated to reflect the newly-created states in Brazil. The stars represent the night sky as seen in Rio de Janeiro on 15th November 1889. The green and the yellow have been retained from Brazil's previous flag which represented the Empire of Brazil.
Brazilian flag images
Colour in Brazilian flag
This colour in flag worksheet is of the Brazilian flag and is free to download and print off today. It comes in the two versions that you can see here.
Brazil flag meaning
The motto "Ordem e Progresso" ("Order and Progress") is inspired by the French philospher, Auguste Comte's motto of positivism: "L'amour pour principe et l'ordre pour base; le progrès pour but" ("Love as a principle and order as the basis; progress as the goal"). Several of those involved in the military coup d'état that deposed the monarchy and proclaimed Brazil a republic were followers of the ideas of Comte and this is reflected in the flag to this day.
Brazil flag bunting - Printable
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