Portugal Day History
Portugal Day celebrates the death of Portugal’s national literary icon, Luís de Camões. De Camões is considered to be the greatest poet and writer in Portugal and of the Portuguese language. He has been compared to William Shakespeare in his mastery of the language while his literary masterpiece, Os Lusiadas (The Lusiads), has become a famed Portuguese poem and an icon of Portuguese literature.
Portugal Day is celebrated on 10 June. The day marks the passing of Luís de Camões in 1580. Since 1641, Portugal Day has been celebrated annually to commemorate the life and works of Portugal’s literary hero.
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