Known as 'Día de la Independencia', this holiday is Uruguay's National Day and is always celebrated on 25 August and marks Uruguay's independence from Brazil in 1825.
The region now known as Uruguay lay on the Eastern bank ('Banda Oriental') of the River Plate and had passed through English, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian control in a short period at the start of the nineteenth century.
When Brazil gained its independence from Portugal in 1822., Banda Oriental had become a province of Brazil.
On 25 August 1825, following a short period of rebellion, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. This instigated the Argentina- Brazil War. The conflict lasted until August 1828, when the British negotiated a resolution that led to Brazil recognising Uruguay's independence.
To mark the holiday, various patriotic ceremonies take place in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.