Ambassador Fredrico Silva celebrates Portugal National Day

Islamabad: Ambassador of Portugal Fredrico Silva hosted a reception on Monday to celebrate Portugal’s National Day in Islamabad

Chief Guest Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Federal Minister for Housing, joined Minister Qaisar Ahmed Sheikh and Director General ISPR Lt. General Ahmed Sharif Chaudhry participated.

The dignitaries marked the occasion with a cake-cutting ceremony, highlighting the strong diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Portugal. The event underscored the mutual respect and cooperation shared by both nations.

On 10th of June, Portugal celebrated National Day, also known as “Dia de Portugal” or “Portugal Day.”

This day is marked by a national holiday with various cultural celebrations and public events taking place worldwide in the Portuguese diaspora, including in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania, and Africa.

On June 10th, Portugal also commemorates Luís de Camões, a renowned Portuguese poet, and author of “Os Lusíadas,” Portugal’s national epic, and honors the Portuguese communities abroad.

Starting June 9th, the official celebrations took place in Figueiró dos Vinhos, Pedrógão Grande, Castanheira de Pera, Coimbra, and on June 10th abroad in Geneva, Bern and Zurich, in Switzerland. Since 2016, the Day of Portugal has been officially celebrated in Portugal and in different locations, across the world.

On June 9th, the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Luís Montenegro, leaves for Coimbra for the celebrations of Luís de Camões’ 500th birthday where he visits the University of Coimbra to preside over the Evocative Ceremony.

On the morning of the following day, the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister leave for Switzerland to continue the celebrations of the Day of Portugal, Luís de Camões, and the Portuguese Communities of 2024.

In 2021, Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) introduced a resolution to the 117th Congress, supporting the designation of June as “Portuguese National Heritage Month.” The resolution, co-sponsored by Congressman David Valadao (R-CA), recognizes and celebrates the historic, cultural, and significant contributions Portuguese Americans have made to the United States.