Day of Portugal in New Bedford | CAI

Day of Portugal in New Bedford

Jun 8, 2013

Credit Alecia Orsini

  The colorful "Day of Portugal" kicked off a weekend celebration in New Bedford on June 6th.  This is the 16th year New Bedford has hosted the event which began with the raising of the flag outside city hall.

Check out the brightly colored skirts called saia that girls wear along with kerchiefs and gold earrings.  The boys don leggings known as calsas, waistcoats and sombreros.    

The national holiday in Portugal commemorates the life of Portugal's great poet Luis Vaz de Camoes. The worldwide event celebrates Portuguese heritage and culture throughout the month of June.  According to the Day of Portugal's facebook page some events may be canceled or moved subject to the weather.

Credit Alecia Orsini