Brazil Independence Day 2019 – Today’s Doodle celebrates Sete de Setembro, as Independence Day is known in the Federative Republic of Brazil. South America’s largest and most populous country staked its claim to become an independent nation on this day in 1822 when Prince Pedro, the 23-year-old son of Portuguese King Dom João VI, declared himself Dom Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil. A treaty with Portugal and Britain in 1825 made it official.
The nation’s flag files throughout Brazil today, displaying one of the world’s most intricate flag designs. The green field stands for the lush natural beauty of the country, surrounding a yellow diamond that symbolizes the country’s rich gold deposits. The blue globe in the center is filled with stars, each one representing a different Brazilian state or Federal District. The stars, each representing one of the 27 states of Brazil, are arranged to approximate the night sky over Rio de Janeiro on the evening of November 15th, 1889—another national holiday known as Republic Day. Finally, the band across the globe’s equator bears the words ORDEM E PROGRESSO, meaning “order and progress.”
The holiday is marked with parties, concerts, and parades in most Brazilian state capitals. Many Brazilians enjoy the day by getting together with family and friends, taking the holiday to rest and relax, amongst flags and banners displaying their national pride.
Feliz Sete de Setembro!
You can find more about Brazil Independence Day 2019 on the official Google Doodle Page