National Day of Portugal celebrated
06 Jun 2015 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) - The Portuguese community and friends of Portugal gathered to celebrate Portugal National Day at a hotel in Windhoek on Friday.
The festivities were organised by the Embassy of Portugal in Namibia.
The event started with a speech by the Ambassador of Portugal to Namibia, Helena Paiva, who welcomed all guests to celebrate the day of Portuguese language and culture.
According to Paiva, the Portugal National Day is not a mere celebration of a country, but more so of the people.
Representing the president of the Republic of Portugal, the ambassador handed out an order of merits to prominent photographer Tony Figueira for his work in Namibia.
The ambassador referred to Figueira as the pride of the Portuguese diaspora.
A speech by the Namibian Deputy Minister of International Relations, Maureen Hinda was also heard before the beginning of the festivities.
Hinda expressed her appreciation for the consistence of Portugals foreign policy, especially when it came to the protection of cultural heritage.
The opening speeches were followed by a gala dinner consisting of both Namibian and Portuguese dishes, an auction of the work of Tony Figueira and shirts signed by prominent football players, as well as a concert by the Portuguese band Os Anjos.
According to the host of the evening, senior lecturer of Portuguese language from the University of Namibia, Miguel Gullander, the event brought together more than 400 guests.