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    Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities

    Today, June 10th, is the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities. Since the history of Portugal is rich in famous dates, why this one? Why today?
    The answer is right in the very designation of the day “Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities” and this choice happened because this was, allegedly, the day of the death of Camões, one of the greatest exponents of Portuguese Language and Literature, in 1580. Since he was also a voice of the Discoveries and Portugal’s connection to the Portuguese world spread across the globe, the choice thus fell on today’s date.
    It would have been a royal decree of King Luís I, in 1880, with which this day gained its commemorative character, being declared “National Feast Day and Grand Gala” and that, in that year, would serve to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his death by the author of “Os Lusíadas”, Luís de Camões.
    This day, during the Estado Novo, was celebrated as the “Day of Camões, Portugal and the Race”, a name that the Franco and Mussolini dictatorships also used to designate the commemorative day of their countries and which served to exacerbate the nationality and the unique characteristics of peoples.
    Only four years after the Revolution of 25th of April, 1974, the name was changed to “Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities”, a day that normally brings together in an official ceremony with a military parade the President of the Republic and high-ranking individuals of the State, and in that national individuals are distinguished by their work for the nation.

    Portuguese Flag – National Hymn of Portugal – ” A Portuguesa “

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