The Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day) is a very important day for the Portuguese people and is celebrated throughout the whole country in commeroration of the Carnation Revolution on the 25th of April 1974.

History in short

The Carnation Revolution (Revolução dos Cravos), also known as the 25th of April (25 de Abril), was initially a 25 April 1974 military coup in Lisbon which overthrew the authoritarian Estado Novo regime.[ The revolution began as a coup organised by the Armed Forces Movement (Movimento das Forças Armadas, MFA), composed of military officers who opposed the regime, but it was soon coupled with an unanticipated, popular civil resistance campaign. The revolution led to the fall of the Estado Novo, the end of 48 years of authoritarian rule in Portugal, and Portugal’s withdrawal from its African colonies. (Source: Wikipedia)

Its name arose from the fact that almost no shots were fired, and Celeste Caeiro offered carnations to the soldiers when the population took to the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship; other demonstrators followed suit, and carnations were placed in the muzzles of guns and on the soldiers’ uniforms.

25 de Abril – Program in the Alentejo

In Portugal, 25 de Abril is a national holiday, and the Carnation Revolution is celebrated in all counties of the Alentejo with many events like exhibitions, concerts, dance, and manifestations during the whole months of April.

Here an overview about the main programs:

Beja:


Odemira:

24-26 April – Programa de 25 Abril with concerts, folklore, and fireworks


Sines:

April 25 – Concert with Miguel Araujo & Dj Set Carolina Torres -22.30h Castelo de Sines


Grandola:

24 – 25 April – Programa 25 Abril


Serpa:

Lots of program in Serpa and many villages in the Serpa County (Concelho) from April 6-25


Mértola:

25 April – Concert with Bruno Batista & Luís Galrito


Ferreira do Alentejo:

24 April – Concert with the Orquestra de Jazz de Évora & Fire Works


Santiago do Cacém:

Program from 24 – 25 April

Concert with Fernando Daniel & Putzgrilla

Évora:

Lots of program from 13 – 29 April


Estremoz

Program from 24 – 25 April

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