By Angela Barbosa
Rain or shine, the Day of Portugal is a tradition observed by Portuguese citizens and emigrants throughout the world, proud to celebrate their roots and pass on their cultural values from generation to generation.
June 10 is the official Day of Portugal, when the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões, who wrote Portugal’s national epic poem, The Lusiads, celebrating Portuguese history and achievements, is observed.
In Danbury, local and state dignitaries joined hundreds of community members on Sunday, June 5, to a full-day festivity that began with a flag-raising ceremony at the John Perry Memorial at Rogers Park. Perry founded and became president of the Sons of Portugal League and began the annual tradition of Portuguese Day in Danbury. He died in February 1970.
The program followed with a holy Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and the Portuguese Day Parade, ending at Portuguese Square.
Afternoon activities also drew a great crowd to the Portuguese Cultural Center, located on Sand Pit Road in Danbury, eager to experience the Portuguese food, drinks, traditional games and dance, and live music, all of which has laid down a strong cultural imprint in the Greater Danbury area and beyond.