Zumbi dos Palmares in Brazil in 2020

Zumbi dos Palmares in Brazil in 2020

  How long until Zumbi dos Palmares?
This holiday next takes place in 141 days.
  Dates of Zumbi dos Palmares in Brazil
2022 Brazil Sun, Nov 20 Not A Public Holiday
2021 Brazil Sat, Nov 20 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Brazil Fri, Nov 20 Not A Public Holiday
2019 Brazil Wed, Nov 20 Not A Public Holiday
2018 Brazil Tue, Nov 20 Not A Public Holiday
Zumbi dos Palmares was a warlord in the independent kingdom of Palmares. This kingdom had been founded in the seventeenth century by slaves insurgents in the north-eastern Brazil. This day celebrates the first liberation of slaves.

When is Black Awareness Day?

Since the 1960s, November 20th has been celebrated in Brazil as Black Awareness Day (or Black Conscious Day, Portuguese: Dia Nacional da Consciência Negra).

While Black Consciousness Day is a not a federal holiday, it is an official holiday in five states and in over 1,000 cities.

It is a day on which to reflect upon the injustices of slavery and to celebrate the contributions that have been made to Brazilian society by citizens of 'African' descent.

History of Black Awareness Day

The day has an additional special meaning as it honours 'Zumbi', a legendary black hero and freedom fighter.

Zumbi was born inside the Quilombo of Palmares, the largest colony of escaped slaves in Brazil in 1655.

The colony not only consisted of escaped African slaves but also of native Brazilian Indians and other mixed races.

The colony had a government system that organised similarly to an African Kingdom with a King and Assembly. The King was chosen from the best warriors. "Zumbi" was chosen this way and under his leadership, the colony fought bravely for 65 years against colonisers from Portugal and Holland and was finally destroyed in 1694.

Zumbi managed to escape from the colony and many believed that he was immortal. He was finally captured on November 20th 1695. He was immediately beheaded and his head was put on public display to convince the locals he was not immortal.

Nowadays "Zumbi" is regarded as a national hero and a symbol of the struggle for freedom, though there are some dissenting voices who think Zumbi is not the right figurehead for this day as he is said to have kept slaves himself.

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