Dignitaries and Diplomats Celebrate the Legacy of Luís Vaz de Camões and the Unity of the Portuguese People
The Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities was marked last night with a formal reception at the Belgrade Hilton Hotel. The reception was attended by a large number of dignitaries from the public and cultural life of Serbia, as well as numerous representatives of the diplomatic corps.
Ambassador of Portugal in Serbia, H.E. Maria Virgínia Mendes da Silva Pina addressed the present guests and talked about the importance of this day for the Portuguese people.
Portugal’s national day is celebrated on June 10th every year. It is the most important public holiday in Portugal and the date with which the entire nation identifies. On that day in 1580, the greatest Portuguese poet of all time, Luís Vaz de Camões, died. That date was chosen because the exact date of birth of the famous poet is not known.