Friday, September 7, 2012

Brazil's Independence Day

Today is Brazil's Independence Day and because I am Brazilian we like to celebrate it as well :)). Independence Day commonly called 7 de Setembro (7th of September) celebrates our declaration of Independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822. Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays in most Brazilian cities. In Brasilia, the Federal Capital of Brazil,  the celebration takes place at the Ministries Esplanade with a military parade in the presence of the President of Brazil. Similar military parades are held in all the state capitals, and in many cities throughout the country. The biggest Brazilian Independence parade in USA is in New York, in 2008 about 1.5 million people attended the event. 

I was raised in a small city, every year we would look forward to marching on the streets with our school band. The school uniform was perfectly ironed for the parade day. At school we would sing the Anthem every day for a week and recite poems. Loved those old school days, the joys of living in a small city :))).

My son had seen a 7 de Setembro parade in Brazil. Although he is still young, he remembered the parade. The first thing he told me when I asked about the parade, was about the soldiers marching :)). He also asked me to paint his face as a camouflage soldier :))). Kids are just so amazing, they really want to get into the whoever character they are acting :))). LOVE IT!!!!! I also showed videos and we sang the Brazilian Anthem. 

Afterwards we made the Brazilian flag with construction paper. I told him that each colour has a meaning: the green color represents the Brazilian fields. The yellow losang represents Brazilian gold - and, by extension, the wealthiness of the country. The blue represents the sky of Rio de Janeiro on the night of November 15th 1889. Each star represents one of the Brazilian States, a total of 27 stars. The white strip contains the inscription "Ordem e Progresso", meaning "Order and Progress". 

He also wanted to create the USA flag and listened to the national American Anthem :)).

Hope you enjoyed my post today. Have a wonderful day and weekend :). Thanks!!

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