World Portuguese Language Day

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World Portuguese Language Day
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World Portuguese Language Day

Annually celebrated on May 5th, World Portuguese Language Day is marked by a diverse array of activities, including musical performances, literature readings, competitions, cultural exhibitions, art displays, and lectures.

In 2019, UNESCO's 40th session of the General Conference officially designated May 5th as "World Portuguese Language Day" to pay homage to the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures. This day underscores the language's crucial role in preserving human civilization and culture. Portuguese ranks among the world's most widely spoken and dispersed languages, holding the distinction of being the most prevalent in the Southern hemisphere. In Portugal, 95.6% of the population speaks Portuguese either as their native language or as a foreign language.