Resolution J5737-2013

Commemorating the 3rd Annual Portugal Day Celebration on June 10, 2014



  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 6, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 3rd Annual Portugal Day Cele-
bration on June 10, 2014

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping  with  its
time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those organiza-
tions  which  foster  ethnic  pride  and enhance the profile of cultural
diversity which strengthens the fabric of the communities  of  New  York
State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  3rd  Annual  Portugal Day Celebration to be held on Tuesday,
June 10, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, Every 10th  day  of  June,  the  Portuguese  celebrate  their
national holiday known as Dia de Portugal in the native tongue; the rest
of the world recognizes this momentous occasion as Portugal Day; and
  WHEREAS, This date commemorates the death of Luis de Camoes, a signif-
icant  figure  in the history of Portugal; he is best known for his work
on Lusiadas, the national epic poem of  Portugal  which  celebrates  the
nation's successes and rich history; and
  WHEREAS,  Although  this  holiday is only celebrated officially in the
homeland, Portuguese  citizens  from  other  countries  such  as  India,
Brazil,  Canada, and other European nations also celebrate Portugal Day;
  WHEREAS, The Lusiadas is an epic poem which depicts  the  achievements
of  the Portuguese in world explorations during the 16th Century; Portu-
gal played an important role in the discovery of the  new  world  during
this century and their accomplishments have definitely put this European
country on the map; and
  WHEREAS, In fact, legendary voyager Ferdinand Magellan hails from this
proud  nation;  Camoes' poem captures the essence of this golden era for
the Portuguese as it remains as one of  the  finest  and  most  relevant
works in Portuguese literature; and
  WHEREAS,  A  monument built in memory of Luis de Camoes stands proudly
in one of the busiest streets of beautiful Lisbon, the country's capital
city; it immortalizes the character of Portugal's national poet  and  is
able to aptly represent the person he was; and
  WHEREAS,  Luis de Camoes was known to be an adventurer; among his many
escapades include surviving a shipwreck in  the  region  of  Cochinchina
(now  known  as  Vietnam),  and  losing an eye while in battle in Ceuta;
legend has it that in order to save the Lusiadas, Camoes had to keep  it
afloat  with  one  of  his  hands,  while  he used his other arm to swim
through the unforgiving waters of the region's seas; and
  WHEREAS, His patriotism and bravery are just a few  of  the  qualities
Luis de Camoes had that made the nation choose to celebrate Portugal Day
in his honor; and
  WHEREAS, Portugal was conquered by Spain in the year 1580; it is quite
ironic  that  the  nation lost its independence in the year that saw the
death of Camoes; three generations and 60 years of Spanish  rule  after,
Portugal regained its independence on December 1, 1640; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  then,  the country's national day was established and
subsequently celebrated on June 10th; it is because of uncertainties  on
Camoes'  birth date that Portugal Day was established to commemorate the
hero's death; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 3rd Annual Portugal Day Celebration on June 10, 2014.


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