Portugal Day, also known as ‘Dia de Portugal’, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas, is celebrated annually on June 10. It commemorates the death of the national literary icon and poet Luís de Camões on June 10, 1580. Camoes is best known for his epic poem "Os Lusíadas," which details the Portuguese explorations and discoveries during the Age of Exploration. He was an adventurer who lost one eye fighting in Ceuta, wrote the poem while travelling, and survived a shipwreck in Cochinchina, a region of present-day Vietnam). Portugal Day also honours Portuguese communities worldwide. What Are Top Sights in Portugal? From Lisbon to Evora, 5 Must-Visit Places in Portugal.

According to popular folklore, Camões saved his epic poem by swimming with one arm while keeping the other arm above water. Since his date of birth is unknown, his date of death is celebrated as Portugal's National Day. It is one of the public holidays in Portugal and is celebrated by Portuguese people throughout the world. Portugal National Day 2024 Google Doodle: Search Engine Giant Honours Frederico Morais, Country’s First World Surfing Champion With Colourful Illustration (View Picture).

Portugal Day 2024 Date

Portugal Day 2024 will be celebrated on Monday, June 10.

Portugal Day Significance

Portugal Day is an important day for the Portuguese communities worldwide as it is a time of national pride and unity, reflecting on the past while looking forward to the future. The day celebrates both the cultural heritage and the global presence of the Portuguese people.

Celebrations are also held by Portuguese around the world, particularly in countries with significant Portuguese populations, such as Brazil, the United States, Canada, and France. On this day, the Portuguese President and other officials participate in formal events, including flag-raising ceremonies, military parades, and speeches.

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