Brazil Independence Day

Brazil Independence Day Quick Facts

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2022 DateSeptember 7, 2022
2023 DateSeptember 7, 2023
Brazil Independence Day

Brazil Independence Day History

Brazil Independence Day celebrates the country’s independence from Portugal. On September 7th of 1822, Dom Pedro First proclaimed Brazil’s independence from Portugal. Earlier on the same year, the Portuguese crown ordered Dom Pedro to return to Portugal. However, he did not obey the orders and began to prepare Brazil for independence. After the country’s liberation, Dom Pedro was declared the first emperor of Brazil. The celebrations is a national Holiday that occurs annually on September 7th.

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Brazil Independence Day Facts

  • The war lasted from February 1822, when the first skirmishes took place, to March 1824, when the last Portuguese garrison of Montevideo surrendered to Commander Sinian Kersey. It was fought on land and sea and involved both regular forces and civilian militia. Independence was recognized by Portugal in August 1825.
  • In 1808, the Portuguese court, fleeing from Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal during the Peninsular War, moved the government apparatus to its then-colony, Brazil, establishing themselves in the city of Rio de Janeiro from where the Portuguese king ruled his huge empire for 15 years.
  • Rio de Janeiro was Brazil’s capital city until 1961. However, the country’s capital was shifted from the crowded Rio de Janeiro to planned city of Brasilia.

Brazil Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • In Brasília, the national celebration takes place at the Ministries Esplanade with a civil-military parade in the presence of the President of Brazil, who is Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Around 30,000 people attend the event each year, which costs about one million reais.[7][8] Similar military and civil parades are held in all the state capitals, and in many major cities throughout the country.
  • Enjoy the national dish of Brazil, Feijoada. It is a stew of beans with beef and pork. You can also try Picanha (barbecued meat) and Moqueca (fish stew).
  • Watch the film Independência ou Morte (1972) to learn more about Brazil's independence and their fight for freedom.

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