April 21 is a public holiday in Brazil, commemorating the day of the death of Tiradentes, named after Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, the civic patron of the Brazilian nation. Now, on this symbolic date, Coimbra will be the scene of the first major celebration of the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s independence.
Rodrigo Pacheco, President of the Brazilian Federal Senate, and Senator Randolph Rodriguez, who chairs the Senate Secretary’s Special Committee for the Bicentenary of Independence, will be at the University of Coimbra next Thursday to sign an international cooperation agreement on the project theme “200 years, 200 books”.
It is “one of the most important regulators of literature in the Portuguese language ever”, being an official part of the official celebrations of the bicentenary of Brazil’s independence, asserts the author of the project, Associação Portugal Brasil 200 anos (APBRA), led by José Manuel Diogo.
Within the scope of this action, several Brazilian personalities were invited to make a list of 200 “must-read for Brazilians and the world to understand Brazil better.”
Still at the University of Coimbra, on the twenty-first, in the presence of a wide entourage of cultural and business personalities from Portugal and Brazil, the Brazilian Senate will launch The Victory of Brazil, a selection of 21 political pamphlets, published in Brazil and Portugal between 1821 and 1824 .
The texts cover events that sparked public debate before and after independence, in places such as Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Bahia, Maranhão and Grau Pará.
“This unprecedented series of pamphlets from the period of Brazilian independence is held, to date, in the Oliveira Lima Library, in Washington, United States,” APBRA highlights, in a statement.
The next day, Friday, the Brazilian delegation, headed by two senators, must meet in Lisbon, with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and with the new sworn-in President of the National Assembly, Augusto. Santos. Silva.
In both meetings, “Rodrigo Pacheco will extend an invitation to the authorities to participate, in the National Congress, in the solemn session on 8 September this year, in order to celebrate the bicentenary of the independence of Brazil,” notes the 200-year-old Brazilian Portuguese Association.