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Curtis' Mission

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Proclamação da República

"So today Elder Jones and I are at the worst internet cafe in the world. It is some holiday and the good internet places are all closed. It's wierd at how much closes on holidays and on Sundays down here, yet about everyone we teach is never home for the holidays and they all work on Sundays. Its a vicous cycle I tell ya."

The holiday that Curtis is talking about is Proclamation of the Republic Day - November 15. Brazil was proclaimed a republic on this day in 1889, after the demise of Pedro II, emperor of Brazil since 1840. A military rule was then imposed for the next four years until general elections were organized in 1893. On Proclamação da República large celebrations are organized throughout the country. The largest celebrations are held in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. On this national holiday, Brazilian flags are displayed.

Brazil Public Holidays 2006

January 1 New Year's Day
Jan 20 Founding of Rio de Janeiro (Regional)
Jan 25 Founding of São Paulo (Regional)
Feb 25 - Mar 1 Carnival
Apr 14 Good Friday
Apr 21 Tiradentes Day
May 1 Labor Day
Jun 5 Corpus Christi
Sep 7 Independence Day
Oct 12 Our Lady Aparecida, Patron Saint of Brazil
Nov 2 All Souls’ Day
Nov 15 Proclamation of the Republic Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (1/2 day)
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve (1/2 day).


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