Tiradentes Day in Brazil in 2021

Tiradentes Day in Brazil in 2021

  How long until Tiradentes Day?
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  Dates of Tiradentes Day in Brazil
2022 Brazil Thu, Apr 21 National Holiday
2021 Brazil Wed, Apr 21 National Holiday
2020 Apr 20, Apr 21
BrazilTue, Apr 21National Holiday
São PauloMon, Apr 20Regional Holiday
2019 Brazil Sun, Apr 21 National Holiday
2018 Brazil Sat, Apr 21 National Holiday
  Summary
Tiradentes Day in Brazil is a national holiday is celebrated annually on April 21st. It commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier on this day in 1792.
  Local name
Dia de Tiradentes

When is Tiradentes Day?

This national holiday in Brazil is celebrated annually on April 21st.


Tiradentes Day in Brazil commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier (August 16th 1746 - April 21st 1792).

History of Tiradentes Day

Xavier was a Brazilian revolutionary who, as a founder of the Inconfidência Mineira movement, fought for Brazilian independence and freedom from Portuguese colonial power.

At the time, Portugal was imposing onerous tax burdens on the Brazilians, as they tried to maintain income from the colony despite declining levels of gold being mined.

Tiradentes hatched a plan to take to the streets and declare independence on a day when taxes were due. The plan was betrayed and the rebels were arrested in February 1789.

During the subsequent trial, Tiradentes took full responsibility for the insurrection plot and executed by hanging on April 21st 1792. His body was quartered and his head displayed as a warning to other revolutionaries.

Did you know?

Xavier was a dentist by trade. This holiday gets its name from "tiradentes" meaning "tooth-puller", which was a nickname adopted during his trial.

His martyrdom led to Tiradentes becoming considered a national hero by the republicans of the 19th century, and his liberal ideas continued to influence Brazilian thinking until its independence, nearly 100 years after his death, in 1882.

The anniversary of his death (April 21st) became a national holiday after the republic was proclaimed in 1889.

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