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Portugal Day


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Idea Exchange | April 11, 2018

The month of June is a time of celebration for the Portuguese community. The celebrations honour the life of Luis de Camoes and his famous epic poems, the Lusiads. June 10, Portugal Day, is the anniversary of his death.

The Cambridge Portuguese community is celebrating Portugal Day on Saturday, June 11 2016. The annual Portugal Day Parade is held in downtown Galt, starting at the Galt arena on Shade Street at 11:00am, past the Idea Exchange, Queen's Square and ending at the Queen’s Square Portuguese monument. The festivities continue at the Portuguese Club of Cambridge.

Karen Dearlove, a Cambridge native, wrote a short paper called Diaspora and Community Building: The Portuguese in Cambridge on the history and development of the Portuguese community in Cambridge.

Many in our local Portuguese community are from the Azores. Check out these books and DVDs from the library's collection to plan a trip, listen to music, learn how to speak Portuguese or cook Portuguese food. Information about Portuguese Azorean culture in North America can be found on the Canadian Centre for Azorean Research and Studies' wonderful website.

You might also be interested that the City of Cambridge honours Manuel Cabral, (considered the father of the Portuguese community in Cambridge) and Germano Bairos, in its online Hall of Fame.

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