25th April 1974



BY MARTA GASPAR


25 Apr 2020
Lisbon, Portugal

The 25 April is a beautiful day in Portugal. And this last Saturday was April 25th. We were all celebrating the date, even in lockdown. 25.04.1974 ended the authoritarian regime, wikipedia says ‘‘The Carnation Revolution, also known as the 25 April, was initially a 25 April 1974 military coup in Lisbon which overthrew the authoritarian Estado Novo regime’’. I had my glass of wine and I was happy enough and suddenly my news feed updated and it was written "North Korea's Kim Jong-un dead or in vegetative state". I didn’t need any more good news to be celebrating the date but, well, after that my grandad served me another glass. We celebrated that too. If you are not familiar with why it is called as The Carnation Revolution read also this part of 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’’. I made then a collage with Kim Jong holding a carnation in his hand, almost like him celebrating the end of dictatorship in another country. Almost like his death being added to this important date. It would be kind of poetic if he would have actually died on that same day - 25th April, forever. But, sadly, I’m not sure that happened.