Lady of Aparecida in Brazil in 2020

Lady of Aparecida in Brazil in 2020
Interior of the Cathedral of Brasilia. The cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Aparecida. Image by Cayambe
  How long until Lady of Aparecida?
This holiday next takes place in 308 days.
  Dates of Lady of Aparecida in Brazil
2021 Brazil Tue, Oct 12 National Holiday
2020 Brazil Mon, Oct 12 National Holiday
2019 Brazil Sat, Oct 12 National Holiday
2018 Brazil Fri, Oct 12 National Holiday
2017 Brazil Thu, Oct 12 National Holiday
  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
  Local name
Nossa Senhora da Aparecida

When is Our Lady of Aparecida?

This national holiday in Brazil is always celebrated on October 12th.

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 40cm 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.

Many churches in Brazil have been dedicated to her, the most significant ones are the Brasília's cathedral and the National Basilica. The latter is the world's second-largest basilica.

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 October 12th 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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