Independencia brasil by François-René Moreaux via Wikimedia Commons.
When is Brazilian Independence Day?
How long until Independence Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 319 Days.|
Dates of Independence Day
|Dia da Independência|
|On 7 September 1822, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcântara, the son of the Portuguese King|
|Proclamation of the Republic Day|
Independence Day is always celebrated on 7 September. In Portuguese it is called 'Dia da Independência' and may also be known as 'Sete de Setembro' (7 September) or 'Dia da Pátria' (Nation Day).
History of Brazilian Independence Day
On 7 September 1822, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcântara, the son of the Portuguese King.
Brazil had been a colony of Portugal since the 16th century. In 1807 France had invaded Portugal and the Portuguese royal family had escaped to Brazil. in 1815, Brazil was given equal kingdom status with Portugal. By 1820, the French had withdrawn from Portugal and the royal family returned to Europe, leaving Alcântara as Regent of the Kingdom of Brazil.
Alcântara, better known as Pedro I, became the first emperor of Brazil and ruled from 1823 until 1831.
Brazil became a republic in 1889 but kept 7 September as its Independence Day. Independence Day has been a federal holiday in Brazil since 1949.
How is Brazilian Independence Day celebrated?
On this day there are celebrations in the capital, Brasilia, with military parades, air shows, musical concerts and fireworks in the evening.
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