The Independence Day of Brazil (Dia da Independência) is celebrated annually on the 7th of September, and is Brazil’s national day. This date observes Brazil’s declaration of independence from Portugal in 1822, and is a day of mass celebration across the country.
Brazil’s history is a complex tale of politics and power, with Brazil’s fight for independence going as far back as the 16th century when it was once a colony of Portugal. In the early 1800’s, France invaded Portugal and the Portuguese royal family escaped to Brazil. In 1815, Brazil was given equal kingdom status with Portugal and by 1820, the French had withdrawn from Portugal and the royal family. On September 7th 1822, following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcântara (D Pedro I), the young son of the Portuguese King.
Brazil officially became a republic on November 15th 1889, but kept the legendary date of September 7th to mark its Independence Day. 140 years later, Brazil’s Independence is still celebrated to this day and officially became a public holiday in 1949.
Parades and parties take place in most states across Brazil to celebrate this momentous day, whilst the capital Brasilia hosts military parades, air shows, firework displays and much more!
How do you celebrate Dia da Independência where you are from?
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