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A green flag with slightly radiating red diagonals, in the centre a blue square overlain by a white diamond, with an open book displayed.
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Dirk Schönberger, 2 September 2011
The municipality of Missal (10,474
inhabitants in 2010; 320 sq. km) is located in western Paraná, on the border
with Paraguay (here, Lake Itaipu), 620 km of Curitiba. Missal was settled
in 1961-1962, mostly by 2nd-generation German colonists led by Father José
Backes, the founder of the "Sipal Colonizadora" company. The early colonists
mostly lived from timber extraction. The name of the new settlement (lit.,
[Roman] Missal] was chosen to highlight the religious background of its
foundation; at the time, 98% of the inhabitants were of Roman Catholic
religion. The Roman Missal is the liturgical book that contains all the texts
used in the mass for one year; its use has been mandatory since a Decree
issued by Pope Pius V in 1570. The municipality of Missal was established by
State Law No. 7,566 of 30 December 1981, seceding from Medianeira, and
inaugurated on 1 December 1983.
The flag of Missal is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 4, adopted in 1983. The green background represents the greening fields promising good harvests. The red diagonal stripes represent the fertile soil covering the whole municipal territory. The blue triangles have the color of the sky in spring mornings, as well as the rivers and Lake Itaipu watering the municipality. The central white lozenge represents the municipal territory and population, symbolizing also the spirit of peace and friendship present in the heart of the inhabitants. The open book symbolizes the seat of the municipality, the bookmark representing the municipal power guiding the population.
This design seems to have been derived from Arcinoê Antonio Peixoto de Faria's principles, applied with less "rigor" than by Peixoto himself.
Ivan Sache, 20 February 2012