June 10, 2014

Portugal's Day military celebrations at the city of Guarda







These are just a few photos of my small TV that I hardly ever watch. But I was online this morning and read that the ceremonies of June 10, Portugal's Day at the city of Guarda were interrupted because the President fainted during his speech. So I turned it on and took some quick photos to show you what went on this morning at military celebrations at the city of Guarda.



Portugal Day or, in Portuguese language,  Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas (Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities), is today. The date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões on 10 June 1580.That's way it's also known as Camões Day, His birth date is unknown so we remember and celebrate the big poet on his death's date. This is a national holiday. Usually there's a mix of cultural celebrations, sports events maybe, and the official celebrations that often include military parades. Every year I think that nothing special is organized by individuals, not even a barbecue! I would like that. But I guess we're not very efusive when it comes to celebrate our national day.

As Portugal's political crisis is rumbling on I guess it was to expect demonstrations on this event against the Government and even the President himself because he's an obvious supporter 
of the majority who won the elections. Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva has backed the present government like for ever and people are not pleased. I think middle class can't be happy anyway you look at it. Football and the summer will numb us for a while, you'll see. But we're struggling. The white banners of the demonstrators reads GOVERNO RUA meaning "Government out". I guess this doesn't look pretty on our national day but everyday's reality isn't pretty either. I listen to a small part of the President's speech, it sounded alright, it was aimed for for the military forces focused on the value of human resources. The problem is that our President is not saying what the majority of the struggling population wants to ear. Anyway, I'm glad the guy is OK, I do not wish arm to anyone. But I imagine that this episode will originate a lot of sick jokes! 


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