In an effort to highlight and celebrate the historical significance of June 10 to New Jersey’s more than 76,000 Portuguese residents, a joint resolution designating this date as “Portugal Day” in New Jersey has the cleared the Legislature, with final approval by the Senate, 38-0 on Thursday. It now heads to the Governor for further consideration.
The resolution (AJR-196) highlights the date of death--June 10, 1580—of Portuguese literary icon Luís Vaz de Camões who authored Portugal’s national epic poem, “Os Lusíadas.” The piece celebrates the 15th-century Portuguese explorations of that country.
Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, one of the sponsors of the legislation, took part in the raising of the Portuguese flag in front of City Hall. Pictures from L-R: Parade Grand Marshall Maria Coutino, Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Quiles, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Pintor Marin, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, Mayor Baraka and Councilman-at-large Carlos M. Gonzalez.,
Assembly Democrats Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex), Shanique Speight (D-Essex), Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) and Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), sponsors of the resolution, issued the following joint statement:
“This resolution helps celebrate the contributions that Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans make to New Jersey. Most notably in Newark’s Ironbound section, the Portuguese community’s rich history, unique culture, and delectable cuisines attract local, national and international visitors. The Ironbound, of which Ferry Street is the nucleus, boasts one of the most vibrant, thriving Portuguese communities in the United States. Long Branch is also a city flourishing with the rich traditions of the Portuguese culture.
“Thanks to their contributions, these communities are truly two gems of our state.