March 31st has recently been chosen as the date to commemorate the victims of the Portuguese Inquisition. On this day in 1821 the Inquisition in Portugal was officially disbanded. This day is to remember the expulsion of Jews from Portugal, the subsequent massacres of the Jews, as well as the Portuguese Inquisition. The Portuguese Inquisition began in 1526, ending with the sudden migration of tens of thousands of Jews from Portugal. While some Jews fled, others who were forcibly converted to Christianity continued to practice Judaism in secret for centuries.