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Our Lady of Aparecida

National Holidays in Brazil National Holiday in Brazil

National Holidays for Brazil

When is Our Lady of Aparecida?

How long until Lady of Aparecida?
This holiday next takes place in 353 Days.
Dates of Lady of Aparecida
Year Weekday Date
2019 Saturday October 12th
2018 Friday October 12th
2017 Thursday October 12th
2016 Wednesday October 12th
2015 Monday October 12th
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Nossa Senhora de Aparecida
Summary
Known as 'Nossa Senhora de Aparecida', it honours Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin Mary Aparecida. Mary is honoured with a ten day festival in the city near São Paulo that bears her name

This holiday is always celebrated on 12 October.

Known as 'Nossa Senhora de Aparecida', it honours Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin Mary Aparecida. Mary is honoured with a ten day festival in the city near São Paulo that bears her name.

History of Our Lady of Aparecida

Legend has it that in October 1717, after a day's fishing without any luck, fishermen cast their nets into the Paraiba River and pulled up a small brown statue of the Virgin Mary.

Then they cast their nets again and this time they came up full of fish. This was the first miracle attributed to the statue.

The area where the miracle happened grew into a city called Aparecida (meaning "she who has appeared") and a church was built to house the statue which has now become the destination of many pilgrimages.

The statue is made of clay and is about 40 cm in height. The statue was a lighter shade of brown when found, but is now much darker due to years of exposure to candles and lamps around the altar.

Because of its colour and because the miracle happened to a young slave boy, devotion to the statue grew rapidly, particularly among Afro-Brazilians.

Our Lady of Aparecida was declared the patron saint of Brazil by Pope Pius XI in 1929. The feast day of Our Lady of Aparecida has been a National Holiday in Brazil since 1980.

Children's Day

Children’s Day is also celebrated on 12 October in Brazil. Coinciding with the Lady of Aparecida and the date of the European discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus, Children's day is celebrated by children receiving presents from their parents.

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