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image by Dirk Schönberger, 17 July 2012
The municipality of Passos Maia (4,429 inhabitants in 2010; 61,443 ha) is
located on the border with Paraná, 480 km north-west of Florianópolis.
Passos Maia was originally known as Bebedouro (Drinking Fountain), referring to flagstones used by tropeiros to rest when crossing the area. The town was subsequently renamed as a tribute to Colonel Manoel Nascimento dos Passos, appointed in 1924 Regional Delegate for West Santa Catarina, with seat in Cruzeiro (today, Joaçaba), subsequently elected State and Federal Deputy.
The municipality of Passos Maia was established on 12 December 1991, separating from Ponte Serrada.
The Araucarias' National Park, covering a continuous area of 12,841 ha, was established on 25 October 2015 in the municipalities of Passos Meia and Ponte Serrada. It includes one of the biggest remaining stands of Brazilian pines (Araucaria angustifolia (Bertol.) Kuntze)) and other species under threat of extinction, such as xaxim (Dicksonia sellowiana Hook.) and imbuia / Brazilian walnut (Ocotea porosa (Nees & Martius) Barroso)), and a rich fauna, as well.
Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021
Diagonally per saltire, red and blue with a white saltire and with the municipal arms in the centre on a white disk.
Official website at
Dirk Schönberger, 17 July 2012
The flag of Passos Maia is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 88 promulgated on
4 October 1994.
The flag of the municipality of Passos Maia shall be divided into four parts by diagonal white stripes, two parts median blue and the two other red, charged in the center with the coat of arms established by Law No. 87.
Leis Municipais database
The coat of arms of Passos Maia is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 87 promulgated on 4 October 1994.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Passos Maia is composed of a white circle, in the upper part a rainbow proper, representing alliance between people, in the lower part on a red scroll in letters argent the name of the municipality in the center, left, the date of emancipation, and right, the number of the Law that establishes the municipality. Inside the circle, an egg with the upper part broken, form which emerged a white dove, symbolizing:
"The breaking egg, initiation of life, the white dove, peace aspired to by everyone. The egg supported by two human hands symbolizing welcome and support to the new municipality. On the egg, a sun, symbol of liberty and equality among humans and life continuity; a river representing the water resources available on the municipal territory and the importance of plants for the plant and animal kingdoms; on the river's right bank, also included in an egg, three pig, bovine and poultry's heads representing animal breeding; slightly above it, a red and black cog wheel inscribing a black and red boat on a white background, symbolizing industry and commerce, respectively. On the river's left bank, a man wearing a hat and rolling up his shirt sleeves, emphasizing his eagerness to work, and also symbolizing intelligence and discerning ability required to impulse progress and order, and also the movement for municipal emancipation; also on the river's left bank, reforestation as a substitution to Brazilian pines featured in the background, where crops and native fields merge on the horizon with sky and clouds, as a symbol of infinity.
Ivan Sache, 5 November 2021