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Holiday Calendar for Brazil

Holiday Calendar for Brazil for 2019-2020 year
Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country by both population and geographical area. The country’s motto is “Ordem e Progresso”, meaning “order and progress”.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year

December 2019

Tuesday 31 December - Festa de Imanja in Brazil (A celebration that stems from Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion, gives thanks to Iemanja, the mother of the waters and all of the gods and goddesses); New Year’s Eve

January 2020

Monday 20 January - Day of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro (is celebrated with big festive processions that usually pass the streets of Tijuca, the Center, and the Glory)

February 2020

Sunday 2 February - Our Lady of Navigators in Brazil (it is the official day of Iemanja and celebrations take place throughout the city)
Friday 21 February - Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (While carnival is found throughout Brazil, Rio’s carnival is one of the biggest, most vibrant and electric to be found)

April 2020

Sunday 12 April - Easter in Western Christianity (Første påskedag in Norway); Easter
Friday 17 April - Peasant Struggle Day in Brazil (established in 1996 in memory of repressions against the Landless Movement)
Tuesday 21 April - Tiradentes' Day in Brazil (Joaquim José da Silva Xavier known as Tiradentes)
Wednesday 22 April - Discovery Day in Brazil (Dia do Descobrimento do Brasil)

May 2020

Sunday 10 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Wednesday 13 May - Pretos Veljos Festival in Brazil (or Preto Velho, anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the country)

June 2020

Monday 1 June - Festa do Divino in Paraty, Brazil (in the south of the Rio de Janeiro state. The week-long celebration happens 50 days after Easter and is one of the most important folkloric festivals in the area)
Friday 12 June - Dia dos Namorados in Brazil (or Brazilian Valentine's Day)

July 2020

August 2020

Monday 3 August - Capoeira Day in Brazil (Capoeira is a Brazilian national martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, games and is accompanied by national Brazilian music)
Sunday 9 August - Father's Day in Brazil and Samoa (celebrated on the second Sunday in August)

September 2020

Monday 7 September - Brazil Independence Day (celebrates the independence of Brazil from Portugal in 1822)
Sunday 13 September - Beginning of the Week of Remembrance of the Farropiglia Revolution in Brazil; National Cachaça Day in Brazil; Farrupilla Week in Brazil (in honor of the movement from 1835 to 1845, known as the Farrupilla Revolution, which ended in the victory of the leaders of Gauchos)
Tuesday 15 September - The founding days of the city of Jaguariva (1823), Ponta Grossa (1855, state of Parana), Barra do Garsas (1914, state of Mato Grosso), Limeira (1826) and Avare (1861, state of São Paulo) in Brazil

October 2020

Monday 12 October - Children's Day in Brazil (Nossa Senhora Aparecida)

November 2020

Monday 2 November - All Souls' Day (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Communion)
Monday 9 November - Simulation Day and National Hotel Day in Brazil (Dia do Manequim and Dia Nacional do Hoteleiro)
Thursday 19 November - Brazil Flag Day (The current design of the national flag was officially adopted by Brazil on November 19, 1889)
Friday 27 November - Brazil Labor Safety Day (Dia do Técnico de Segurança do Trabalho)

December 2020

Tuesday 8 December - Festa da Conceição da Praia in El Salvador (celebrating Yemanjá, Queen of the Ocean in Umbanda, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil)
Friday 11 December - Engineer's Day in Brazil (11 December 1933 Day that the Law 23.659 regulated the Engineer, Architect and Surveyor professions)

About some brazilian traditions

Brazil has been the world’s largest exporter of coffee for more than 150 years. Brazilians tend to be deeply passionate about football. Samba lies at the soul of Brazilian music, representing the country unlike any other genre.

Nearly two-thirds of the rainforest is located in Brazil and in cities like Manaus, which straddles the border of the forest, the Amazon plays an important role in tourism and supply.

Tours of Brazil’s shanty towns, or “favelas”, have become popular tourist attractions in recent years. Rio de Janeiro, as well as other cities, do have favelas. The actual percentage of the population that lives in favelas is 6%.
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