Sailor's Day in Brazil

13 Dec 2019  Fri

Brazilian Sailor's Day (Dia do Marinheiro) is celebrated on December 13. The holiday was established to honor Joaquim Marques Lisboa, who was the first Brazilian native Admiral in the Brazilian Navy.

Joaquim Marques Lisboa was born on December 13, 1807, in the city of Rio Grande. His military career began when Lisboa was 15 years old. In 1822, he joined the Navy as a volunteer and participated in the War of Independence of Brazil. He also participated in the Cisplatine War, Ragamuffin War, Uruguayan War, and the Paraguayan War, devoting most of his life to the Navy.

Shortly after his death, Lisboa was proclaimed the patron of the Brazilian Navy. His birth anniversary is observed as Sailor's Day. Sailor's Day in Brazil is celebrated with official ceremonies, military displays, and other relevant events and activities. By the way, it is not the only holiday celebrated in the Brazilian Navy.

In the year 1976, the Brazil Post issued a stamp worth 0.80 Brazilian cruzeiros which depicts a young sailor in the uniform in colorful background. The stamp is inscribed with the name of the country and the denomination value on the right.

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