By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Today, Friday, April 21st, is a public holiday celebrating Brazilian revolutionary Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, otherwise known as Tiradentes. The public holiday in his honor kicks off a host of celebrations throughout the long weekend.
Joaquim José da Silva Xavier was born in the state of Minas Gerais in 1746, and is credited with leading the fight for Brazil’s independence from the control of the Portuguese monarchy.
Although he was tried and executed on April 21, 1792 for his efforts to create an independent republic in Minas, he is . . .