Portuguese is the National language of Portugal and also an official language in 9 other countries. It is the seventh-largest speaking language with over 250 million active speakers all around the world. This language plays an important role in preserving human civilization, history, and culture. The people who speak the language are called Lusophones. Many words in the English dictionary find their origin in Portuguese. Some of the words in English that have Portuguese origin are albino, embarrass, acai, breeze, banana, macaw, monsoon, molasses, mango, coconut, tapioca, zebra, cobra, etc. Now you have a better understanding of the language, so let’s see the history, celebration, and more about World Portuguese Language Day.
History of World Portuguese Language Day
On May 5, 2009, the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), which is an intergovernmental organization, has been in official partnership with UNESCO since 2000. The World Portuguese Language Day was first announced in the year 2019, during the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, where they decided to celebrate the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures on the day when CPLP was established. After that, May 5th of every year is celebrated as the Portuguese Language Day. It was the first time the unofficial UNESCO language was given recognition.
Other Celebrations on May 5
May 5 is also celebrated as
- International Midwives Day
- National Cartoonists Day
- National Hoagie Day
- Hug A Shed And Take A Selfie Day
How to Celebrate the Day
This day is dedicated to the Portuguese language-speaking community to celebrate this language, multilingualism, and cultural diversity every year. On this day, you can organize or conduct various events, shows, concerts, etc., regarding the language. You can learn the language, listen to songs in Portuguese, and watch movies in the Portuguese language. Also, you can share thoughts, quotes, and your view of the Portuguese language, people, or culture on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., with the hashtag #WorldPortugueseLanguageDay.
Learn Portuguese on this Day
On this day, you can learn or read Portuguese by reading some of the greater creations from the following author mentioned below.
- Gil Vicente
- Fernando Pessoa
- José Luís Peixoto
- Luís de Camões.
Watch Movies on this Day
You can enjoy the day by watching some of the classic movies made in Portugal from home on various streaming platforms.
- City of God
- Nothing to Lose
- Elite Squad
- Complexo – Universo Paralelo
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