Why Our Firm Is Closed on Restauração da Independência

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Twanna Hines

On December 1st, our firm joins in the celebration of Restauração da Independência, also known as Restoration of Independence Day. This holiday commemorates Portugal’s hard-fought and triumphant regaining of independence from Spanish rule. 

The story of Restauração da Independência dates back to a tumultuous period in Portugal’s history. After the death of King D. Sebastião in the Battle of Alcácer Quibir in North Africa, the nation found itself in a royal crisis. The young king had no heirs, and a regal vacuum emerged, allowing Spain to claim dominion over Portugal. King Philip II of Spain, also the grandson of D. Manuel I of Portugal, invoked his right to succession, initiating 60 years of Spanish rule over the Portuguese territory.

During Spanish rule, Portugal yearned for the restoration of its sovereignty and the return to self-governance. The Portuguese nobles, clergy, and citizens were disheartened by the loss of their independence and deeply desired to chart their destiny as a free and autonomous nation once more.

The turning point came on December 1, 1640, when the Portuguese led a revolt against Spanish rule. Known as the “Restoration of Independence,” this uprising marked a pivotal moment in Portuguese history. John IV, Duke of Braganza, was acclaimed as the new king, ushering in a new era of independence and regaining control of the nation.

Restauração da Independência is a reminder that the journey of liberation is never complete. While Portugal freed itself from Spanish rule, it later faced the challenges of dictatorship until the Carnation Revolution in 1974. During the decolonization period, several countries, such as Angola, Mozambique, and East Timor, gained independence from Portugal, emphasizing the interconnectedness of liberation struggles.

In 2012, as part of austerity measures (spending cuts due to the 2010 IMF and EU economic crash), the celebration of Restauração da Independência was temporarily dropped. However, the significance of this historical day and its importance in shaping Portugal’s identity prompted its return approximately five years later. The revival of the holiday reflects the acknowledgment of its historical legacy and the enduring pride that the Portuguese people have for their independence.

As our founder is based in Portugal, we take great pride in being part of the country’s rich cultural heritage. We honor the memory of those who fought for Portugal’s sovereignty.

Furthermore, the fight for freedom continues in contemporary times. Communities worldwide, including LGTBQ+ communities, tirelessly advocate for equality and liberation from discrimination. The ever-evolving process of increased freedom is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the pursuit of justice for all.

Let’s remember the lessons of the past and the unity that forged a brighter future for Portugal and worldwide. May this day inspire us all to stand strong in the face of challenges and work together to create a world where freedom, independence, and unity thrive. Happy Restauração da Independência Day to all!