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Appreciating Sete de Setembro, #BrazilIndependenceDay with Virginia Ellis.

Virginia Lemes Ellis, #KTL Project Coordinator, Team Lead shared her experience of Brazil Independence Day celebrated every 7th September.

It marks the anniversary of the date when prince regent, Dom Pedro, declared the state’s independence from his royal family in Portugal. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in The World Factbook mentioned how after more than three centuries under Portuguese reign, the state finally gained independence in 1822. They maintained a monarchical system until the abolition of slavery in 1888 before the proclamation of a republic in 1889.

“It’s a happy day for all Brazilians!”, said Virginia. Brazil Independence Day or Sete de Setembro is typically cherished with military parades and patriotic performances during the day. At night, fireworks light up the main cities. Religious people will go to church in the evening and then come home to dinner with their families – just as Virginia enjoys.

Here are the three things she revealed about Brazil Independence Day that most people wouldn’t know:

Brazil's independence differs from the rest of Latin America in that it was declared and led by the Portuguese regent in Brazil, who became emperor.

The Brazilian flag recreates the night sky over Rio de Janeiro (the former capital city) as seen on November 15th, 1889.

The provisional flag of the republic of the United States of Brazil preceded the official flag and is very similar to America’s ‘Stars and Stripes.’

KTL would like to wish all those celebrating a happy Brazil Independence Day 2022!

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