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The municipality of Contenda (15,892 inhabitants in 2010; 29,904 ha) is
located 50 km south-west of Curitiba.
The flag and arms of Contenda are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 189 promulgated on 25 November 1970.
The municipal flag of Contenda is divided in blue quarters, formed by four yellow stripes superimposed with green stripes, placed two by two per bend and per bend sinister, starting from the angles of a central white rectangle inscribing the municipal coat of arms.
The style of the municipal flag of Contenda obeys the Portuguese heraldic tradition, of which Brazil inherited tha canons and rules; among different styles (divided in eight, six, four or three parts), the quartered was selected, that is, formed by stripes that link the flag's cantons and cross in the center, where is applied a rectangle charged with the coat of arms.
The coat of arms in the center of the flag symbolizes the municipal government while the rectangle inscribing it represents the town proper, as the seat of the municipality. The stripes symbolize the municipal power spreading to all the parts of the territory while the quarters represent the rural properties existing on the municipal territory.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Contenda was elaborated in compliance with the rules of heraldry by illustrious citizens of Contenda, who supplied ideas, opinions and elements of composition that symbolize the town's origin, formation, structure and evolution; through its graphic components and visual message, the coat of arms is an egregious symbol that will officially represent the municipality and its constitutive powers.
The shield is of the Samnite style, surmounted by a republican mural crown with five towers argent. The field is argent, divided into four representative sectors by a yellow cross, the upper sectors smaller than the lower ones, each of them featuring a determined symbolic expression.
The shield's lateral shadowing is blue, also used in the scroll to inscribe the toponym surrounded by dates "14/11/51" and "14/12/52". The shield is supported by green and yellow cereal plants, right, maize, and left, wheat.
The symbolic interpretation is the following.
a) The Samnite shield used to represent the arms of Contenda was the type of shield used by the Samnite people in old Italy and served much later as a model from French heraldry, which influenced the Portuguese style, introduced to Brazil since then.
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of domains' coats of arms in republican countries; argent (silver), with five towers, only three of them visible in perspective view, it indicates the seat of a municipality.
c) Argent is the heraldic symbol of peace, friendship, prosperity and purity.
d) The golden yellow cross represents the maximum expression of the Christian faith of Contenda's people. [...] Golden yellow is a symbol of glory, splendor, wealth, greatness and command.
e) In the upper left quarter, the cart represents the past and the numerous predecessors of Contenda's people, who made possible with time, through their anonymous and silent force, the existence of the present-day's modern and progressive town.
f) In the upper right quarter, a modern tractor is rooted both in the present and the future, offering a symbiosis with its precursor, the cart.
g) The lower left quarters features two symbols strongly defining Contenda's agricultural structure, the main one being the unlimited perspective of a field cropped with potatoes, a predominant crop in the regional economy. Green foliage represents beautiful and generous harvests. In the upper part of the same quarter, a rising sun symbolizes the warmth of hope and the eternal fire of the municipality's fertility.
h) The lower right quarter features three standards named "União-Trabalho-Progresso" [Union-Work-Progress] interlaced by rings [...]
i) The outer ornaments, maize and wheat plants proper, represent two of the main crops supplied by the generous and fertile soil.
j) The scroll azure, the heraldic symbol of justice, nobleness, perseverance, zeal and loyalty, is inscribed argent with the toponym "Contenda" surrounded by dates of political emancipation ("14/11/51") and inauguration ("1'/12/52").
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2022