After all this weekend Easter celebrations, in Brazil we had today another national holiday. On April, 21st, we celebrate the anniversary of Tiradente’s death. Tiradentes is a national hero! He was one of the leaders of the movement known as the “Inconfidência Mineira“ , a revolutionary brazilian movement, whose aim was full independence from the Portuguese colonialism power and proclaim a Brazilian republic. He had a tragical death, after their plans were discovered. Tiradentes was arrested, tried and publicly hanged in a plaza in Rio de Janeiro, on April 21st, 1792. Brazilian Republic was only proclaimed years later in 1889.
Besides the historical meaning of this holiday, we (me, my husband and son)enjoyed this typical autumn day outdoors, like most of cariocas do. On Sundays and holidays, vehicular traffic is blocked in one of the lanes of Avenida Atlântica(the main avenue in Copacabana beach), which then becomes a large recreation area. So after riding our bikes for a while in the recreational area we took a little break for a jump in the water.
It was the perfect way to end this pleasant holiday!