Videos: Portugal Day Celebrations At Vasco

June 12, 2012

Locals gathered at the Vasco da Gama Club on Saturday night [June 9] to celebrate Portugal Day. Entertainment for the evening included children from the Portuguese School singing the national anthem in Portuguese, the reading of a poem, and a performance by the Youth Folklore dancers.

School Children singing the Portuguese National Anthem:

Speaking at the event Vasco President Andrea Moniz DeSouza said, “This is a festive day, one on which Portugal re-encounters itself to celebrate the memory of its greatest poet, Luis de Camoes, and to salute the Portuguese communities scattered around the world. Camões wrote the “Lusíadas”, Portugal’s national epic poem celebrating Portuguese history and achievements.

Portuguese Youth Folklore Dancers:

“It is said that Camões was in a shipwreck and swam with one arm above water to save his poem. The poem is mostly about Portugal’s epic history and the voyages of discovery which brought the land and it’s people fame and fortune.

“We must celebrate this Day with a perspective of the past and a vision of the future. We have received the legacy of an illustrious past, though we must be aware that the best way to evoke history is to confront the challenges that the country and the world now faces.

#2 Portuguese Youth Folklore Dancers:

“On the Day of Camões and of Portugal we celebrate a Portugal that is not resigned to lack of ambition and has achieved success in many areas in which it wanted to make its mark and was successful in doing so, a Portugal that wants to view the future with determination, courage and the will to succeed. We also celebrate the invaluable heritage of the Portuguese language, one that is shared all over the world.”

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  1. Portguese says:

    Well done!!

  2. Dee says:

    i love my culture!!