June 10, day of Portugal and the Portuguese Communities

We celebrate Portugal (and the) Portuguese - citizens and language. We also celebrate the Community of Portuguese-Speaking countries, a changing community in the position of the world's 4th largest producer of oil. 

Although officially observed only in Portugal, Portuguese citizens and emigrants throughout the world celebrate this holiday. The date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões on 10 June 1580.

The Community of Portuguese Language Countries or Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries , abbreviated as CPLP, is the intergovernmental organization for friendship and cooperation among lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) nations, where Portuguese is an official language.

Through successive enlargements, the Union has grown from the seven founding states - Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe - to the current 9, with the self-determination of Timor-Leste in 2002 and the accession of Equatorial Guinea in 2014 at the 10th summit in Dili, Timor-Leste with the issuance of the Dili Declaration. The community is growing from a cultural background to a geopolitical and economical community, as the CPLP is the fourth largest producer of oil in the world and the growing number of larger nations attempting to enter the organization, such as Turkey and Indonesia.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_Portuguese_Language_Countries

Courtesy of Moving On

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK