Dia de Portugal 2014 Greetings from PALCUS
June 10, 2014
The Day of Portugal is celebrated every year on June 10th throughout the Portuguese communities. Officially known as"Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas" (Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), this date commemorates the death of the revered Portuguese poet, Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580. Camões is best known for his epic poem, Os Lusíadas, viewed as a tribute to the golden age of Portugal's maritime exploration and discoveries.
The Day of Portugal is actively celebrated throughout the Portuguese communities of the world and no less here in the United States. Wherever Portuguese-Americans come together, celebrations of our illustrious history and rich culture are held with festivals, parades, flag raisings and official receptions in the seats of government during the days surrounding this national holiday. The accomplishments and contributions of the Portuguese people are recognized and praised in highly visible venues in cities and towns throughout the country.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and membership of PALCUS, we join all Portuguese-Americans and Luso-descendants in honoring and celebrating our heritage with pride!
Click here to read a message from U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry on behalf of President Obama.
Click here to read a message from the Secretary of State of Communities of Portugal, José Cesário.