Dia da Liberdade

Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day) comes to Portugal next week on the 25th of April, as the people of Portugal celebrate the end of the dictatorship which happened on the same day in 1974.

The revolution, known as Revolução dos Cravos (Carnation Revolution), marked the end of dictatorship in the country and lit the touch papers for a new era of democracy and civil rights.

Unlike many revolutions elsewhere over time and across the globe, Portugal’s Revolução dos Cravos was remarkably peaceful, with few shots fired. Instead, carnations were placed in the muzzles of guns as a symbol of peace. The red colour of the flowers represented the communist and socialist ideologies which were supported by many people at this time. The people of Portugal swarmed the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship and wars with Portuguese colonies.

Shortly after the revolution, the Portuguese decided to commemorate the event. A bridge, formerly named ‘Ponte Salazar’ after Portugal’s fascist ruler, was renamed ‘Ponte 25 de Abril’. The bridge, which connects Lisbon to towns across the river, shines brightly in the Portuguese sun and is an important attraction in the Lisboan landscape.

To this day, the 25th April is celebrated in Portugal in many different ways. In Lisbon, a variety of events take place for people to learn and rejoice in the country’s history, including exhibitions, film festivals, political speeches, food stalls and live music. The public holiday is yet another excuse to enjoy the warm weather and the delicious Portuguese food as the summer approaches.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our facebook

Facebook post
Why is the castle a great place to visit? Because its surroundings are filled with coffee shops to drink something afterwards ☕️🤣 (...)


Are Portuguese and Spanish similar? Yes, but not that much
Surely you have thought about how similar are Spanish and Portuguese. Well, let us tell you something: not everything is what it seems. (...)

Our instagram

Instagram post
The Lusa Language School team – aka the best team ever – wishes you a great 2020. Bom ano novo 🎆🥳 (...)
Supported by
Send us a message