Inconfidencia Week

Inconfidência Week

Week including April 21
The InconfidÉncia was a colonial uprising for Brazilian independence from Portugal at the end of the 18th century ( see also Brazil Independence Day). It is celebrated during the week of April 21 by paying tribute to Joaquim JosÉ da Silva Xavier—also known as Tiradentes ("tooth-puller") because of his dentistry practice—who became a martyr for independence when the uprising was put down and he was executed.
The InconfidÉncia Week festivities include performances by orchestras, bands and choirs, and athletic competitions. The city of Ouro Preto is honorarily restored to its former position as state capital of Minas Gerais during the festival.
CONTACTS:
Brazilian Embassy
3006 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-238-2700; fax: 202-238-2827
www.brasilemb.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 65
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 159
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.