Our Lady of Aparecida Day in Brazil Date in the current year: October 12, 2016

Our Lady of Aparecida Day in Brazil Our Lady of Aparecida Day is a Brazilian public holiday that falls on October 12. It commemorates the principal patron saint of Brazil. This holiday is also celebrated as Children's Day. October 12 was designated as a national holiday in 1980.

Our Lady of Aparecida (Nossa Senhora Aparecida) is a clay statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to legend, it was discovered in October 1717 by three fishermen. They recovered the body and the head of the statue from the River Paraiba. When they cleaned the statue, they discovered that it was a black version of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

The first chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Aparecida was built in 1745. Devotion to the statue grew rapidly, and many miracles were attributed to her over the years. In 1930, she was officially declared the principal patroness of Brazil by Pope Pius XI. The statue can currently be found in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida.

Our Lady of Aparecida Day is celebrated on October 12 since the 19th century. This date coincides with the accession of Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil, in 1822. In 1980, it was proclaimed a public holiday. As the feast day of Our Lady of Aparecida coincides with Children's Day, most parents give their children gifts on the occasion.

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