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10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
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Quote:Portugal Day, officially Portuguese: Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas (Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities), is Portugal's National Day celebrated annually on 10 June.

Although officially observed only in Portugal, Portuguese citizens and emigrants throughout the world celebrate this holiday. The date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões on 10 June 1580.

Camões wrote Os Lusíadas (usually translated as The Lusiads), Portugal's national epic poem celebrating Portuguese history and achievements. The poem focuses mainly on the 16th-century Portuguese explorations, which brought fame and fortune to the country. The poem, considered one of the finest and most important works in Portuguese literature, became a symbol for the great feats of the Portuguese Empire.

Camões was an adventurer who lost one eye fighting in Ceuta, wrote the poem while traveling, and survived a shipwreck in Cochinchina (then a French colony; a region of present-day Vietnam). 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.

Although Camões became a symbol for Portugal nationalism, his death coincided with the Portuguese succession crisis of 1580 that eventually resulted in Philip II of Spain claiming the Portuguese throne. Portugal was then ruled by three generations of Spanish kings during the Iberian Union (1580–1640). On 1 December 1640, the country regained its independence once again by expelling the Spanish during the Portuguese Restoration War and making John of Bragança, King John IV of Portugal.

During the authoritarian Estado Novo regime in the 20th century, Camões was used as a symbol for the Portuguese nation. In 1944, at the dedication ceremony of the National Stadium in Oeiras (near Lisbon), Prime Minister of Portugal António de Oliveira Salazar referred to 10 June as Dia da Raça (Day of the Portuguese Race). The notion of a Portuguese "race" served his nationalist purposes.

Portugal Day celebrations were officially suspended during the Carnation Revolution in 1974. Celebrations resumed after 1974 and were expanded to include the Comunidades Portuguesas, Portuguese emigrants and their descendants living in communities all around the world.

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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
In 1944 the celebrations started to take place in the newly built National Stadium:





Nice choreographies and events, no longer performed:




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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
As of now, the type of celebrations depends now on the political colours of the ruling party.

Some interesting parades in modern celebrations that are usually shy when the 10 of June coincides with socialist governments and president:

2012:





Not bad, given the current anti-nationalist character of European societies:




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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
Parade of special forces, rangers, paratroopers, etc from other perspectives:








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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
Modern Airforce activities to attract boys and girls to a military life:





Similar activities, this time by the Navy (2013):




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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
And that's how Portuguese celebrate the day abroad...

Usually the celebrations take place near the local town hall.

Lots of folklore, traditional food and beverages, traditional music and, of course, traditional attires:




Pretty stuff. Good too see that our ex-pats don't forget their roots.




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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
Back to the Homeland, some processions and festivities:




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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
Happy Race Day, Zephinho! Big Grin

"And now if a whole nation fell into that? In such a case, I answer, infallibly they will return out of it. For life is no cunningly-devised deception or self deception, it is a great truth that thou art alive, that thou hast desires, necessities: neither can these subsist and satisfy themselves on delusions, but on fact. To fact, depend on it, we shall come back: to such fact, blessed or cursed, as we have wisdom for."
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RE: 10 de Junho, Day of Portugal
To celebrate you're playing v. Croatia, judging by our latest "success" you'll have another reason to celebrate. Big Grin

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