Welcome! The day of portugal
has celebrated the portuguese heritage in rhode island since 1978.
The "Day of Portugal" is a holiday celebrated every year on June 10th

in every corner of the Portuguese-speaking world. Officially known as "Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas" (Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), June 10th commemorates the death of the revered Portuguese poet, Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580. Camões is best known for his epic poem, Os Lusíadas, which is a tribute to the golden age of Portugal’s maritime exploration and discoveries.


Os Lusíadas

“Let Fame with wonder name the Greek  no more,
What lands he saw, what toils at sea he bore;”
“Nor more the Trojan’s wand’ring  voyage boast,
What storms he brav’d on many a perilous coast:”
“No more let Rome exult in Trajan’s name,
Nor Eastern conquests Ammon’s  pride proclaim;”

“A nobler hero’s deeds demand my lays
Than e’er adorn’d the song of ancient days,”

“Illustrious GAMA,  whom the waves obey’d,
And whose dread sword the fate of empire sway’d.”

Luís Vaz de Camões more

2015 president

Fernanda Silva

Dear Friends,

It is for me a tremendous honor to serve as president of the Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in Rhode Island.  In brief, this celebration is about affirming to ourselves and to others that we are proud and happy to be Portuguese.  For me and for many of you as well, every day is "Day of Portugal."


our mission

The purpose of the organization, Day of Portugal and Portuguese  Heritage in Rhode Island, Inc. is:

1) to celebrate the holiday, Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas
(Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), in the State of Rhode Island;

2) to preserve the traditions of the Portuguese culture for future generations;

3) to promote the contribution of the Portuguese people,  language and culture to the rich fabric of the State of Rhode Island.



The Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. has established
a scholarship fund to assist deserving local Portuguese-American students
achieve their post-secondary education goals. Students who demonstrate
academic excellence and a commitment to completing an approved course of study toward
a technical, associate or baccalaureate degree are encouraged to apply.
Selection is competitive and merit-based.




art Exhibition

The 2015 celebration of Day of Portugal in RI is pleased to present an exhibition by Azorean artist, José Carlos de Sousa Almeida, as part of its cultural program. Read More

Grand Marshal

Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College

Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, the ninth president of Rhode Island College, will serve as the 2015 Grand Marshal of the Day of Portugal parade in Providence, Rhode Island. She was nominated and selected by the organizing committee in recognition of her unflagging support of the growth of Portuguese Studies at Rhode Island College and her consistent engagement with the Portuguese community in Rhode Island. We are proud to honor her as our 2015 Grand Marshal.


The Day of Portugal Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its donors and sponsors.  Muito Obrigado!

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