The Flag of San Pedro

As part of the upcoming celebrations for Dia de San Pedro (St. Peter’s Day), patron Saint of the town, the San Pedro House of Culture presented San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Guerrero and Area Representative, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. with the new flag and emblem that will be used during the Dia de San Pedro Festivities.

The flag, which will now be the official flag of San Pedro Town, was endorsed by both the Mayor and Area Representative at the presentation held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Town Hall. Did de San Pedro is celebrated on June 29 with a schedule of activities that take place leading up to it.

Symbols of St. Peter (Coat of Arms)

The flag of San Pedro includes symbols which represent important aspects of its heritage. The Coat of Arms embodies the symbols of St. Peter, the patron saint of San Pedro from whom the town was named after. St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen, net makers and ship builders.

The Colors: The red, white and green flag of San Pedro represents the three colors of St. Peter. The red signifies the blood of those massacred during the Yucatan Caste War. White symbolizes the peace that the Mestizo people seek in their new settlement. Green represents the hope of the Mestizo people.

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Understanding the significance of the flag, one symbol at a time:

The inverted Cross: A St. Peter’s Cross is an inverted Latin cross. It symbolizes the death of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. Since Jesus was crucified upright, St. Peter felt he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner, and was crucified upside down.

The rooster: The first quarter, the upper left hand section, bears the rooster, which represents the three times St. Peter denied Christ.

The crossed keys: The second quarter, the upper right hand side, represents the Papal authority to which the Society of Jesus is dedicated by a special vow, and the Christian people are assured of reliable guidance in faith and morals. The crossed keys symbolize Christ’s keys to heaven, and his authority according to his words spoken to Peter.

The fisherman’s net: The two lower quarters portray the fisherman’s net and the apostolate of the Church and Society: “I will make you fishers of men.”

The motto: The motto, “Sub umbra Petri” is translated “Under the shadow of Peter”, and recalls the beautiful practice of the early Christians that brought their sick to Peter. Based on the verse, “so that when Peter passed, his shadow at least fall on some of them”. Under the same shadow, San Pedranos will live and prosper.