May 5, first World Portuguese Language Day
The date of 5 May was officially established in 2009 by the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) to celebrate the Portuguese language and the Lusophone cultures.
In 2019, the 40th session of UNESCO's General Conference decided to proclaim 5 May of each year as "World Portuguese Language Day”, which is celebrated worldwide for the first time in 2020.
Portuguese is the fifth most spoken language in the world and the most widely used throughout the southern hemisphere. A mother tongue of 287 million people, it is present in ten countries and regions, and across four continents, including Macau, in China.
China is one of the countries where Portuguese is most taught today, strongly contributing to its affirmation as a world language and to bring the Portuguese-speaking countries and China, as well as their respective peoples, even closer.
The Consulates General of Brazil and Portugal in Shanghai celebrate the date and the excellent relations between the lusophone community and the people of Shanghai.