International Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture (Lusophone Culture Day) Date in the current year: May 5, 2017

International Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture (Lusophone Culture Day) May 5 is annual celebration of International Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture. The celebration was introduced in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), that includes 9 members and 6 associate observers.

The Community of Portuguese Language Countries was created on July 17, 1996. It was founded by seven states – Brazil, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe. Portuguese is an official language in all these countries. Later Timor-Leste joined the Community in 2002 and Equatorial Guinea in 2014, thus the number of members rose to 9.

The Community plays a very important role in the development of the member countries. For instance, since its formation the CPLP helped to solve the problems and take economic and democratic reforms in Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe.

The member states of the CPLP declared May 5 as Lusophone Culture Day (Dia da Cultura Lusófona in Portuguese). Different cultural events are organized to observe the holiday.

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Category

Cultural Observances

Country

Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius

Tags

international day of the portuguese language and culture, community of portuguese language countries, lusophone culture day