Brazilian Independence Day – Then & Now, Here & There

(Source 1, 2 – Guess which one is in Brazil…)

Prior to 1822, before Brazil was declared free from foreign rule, it was a Portuguese colony for 322 years. This September 7th, Brazilians will celebrate independence from Portugal with a national vacation…from work and school, that is. While independence is now shown by taking the day off to relax and perhaps seeing a parade, it wasn’t always so.