Seems like every time you turn around there is a holiday in Brazil.Kinda like China that way. Here we are at another weekend and it’s a long one. April 21st is a holiday so because it is on Sunday, everyone gets it Monday.
What holiday you ask?
Actually there are 3 holidays this weekend. April 19 (National Indian Day) and April 22 (Discovery of Brazil Day) are holidays BUT are not days off work.
The holiday on April 21st is Tiradentes Day.
Tiradentes Day in Brazil commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier – a co-conspirator in the 1789 revolt against the Portuguese. If you are wondering how this holiday gets its name, “tiradentes” means “tooth-puller”, and Xavier was of course a dentist by trade!
And so David & I not being ones to miss the opportunity of a long weekend are going away this weekend. We had hoped to go to the city called Tiradentes in Minas Gerais state but the month of April the rates for hotels and pousadas are a lot higher and it is really busy there so… we decided to head to the coast! Last July we went to beautiful Buzios and stopped a few hours in Cabo Frio. Well, we decided that we would spend a whole weekend in Cabo Frio. Supposedly it has some of the MOST beautiful white sand beaches on that coast. We shall see!