Public holidays in Portugal

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Public holidays celebrated in Portugal are a mix of religious (Roman Catholic), Town, City, national and by Autonomous regions of Portugal.

Public holidays in Portugal[edit]

Autonomous Regions
DateEnglish namePortuguese nameNotesMadeiraAzores
1 JanuaryNew Year's DayAno NovoYesYYesY
moveableCarnivalCarnavalCarnival in Portugal is an annual festival, that ends on Shrove Tuesday (called Fat Tuesday in Madeira - Terça-feira Gorda in Portuguese) the day before Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent). This is an optional holiday, although it is usually observed. 47 days before Easter Sunday.YesYYesY
moveableGood FridaySexta-feira SantaFriday before Easter SundayYesYYesY
moveableEasterPáscoaSunday, date varies. *YesYYesY
25 AprilFreedom DayDia da LiberdadeCelebrates the 1974 Revolution that ended the Dictatorship and started DemocracyYesYYesY
1 MayLabour DayDia do TrabalhadorSimilar to Labor Day in the States.YesYYesY
1 JuneAzores DayDia dos AçoresCelebrated in AzoresYesY
10 JunePortugal DayDia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades PortuguesasNational DayYesYYesY
1 JulyMadeira DayDia da MadeiraCelebrated in Madeira IslandYesY
15 AugustAssumptionAssunção de Nossa SenhoraA religious account of the taking up of Mary into heaven.YesYYesY
8 DecemberImmaculate ConceptionImaculada ConceiçãoAccording to Roman Catholic Dogma, the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain of original sinYesYYesY
25 DecemberChristmas DayNatalYesYYesY

* - Computing the Date of Easter: The Date of Easter The Date of Easter

Revoked holidays in 2012[edit]

Four holidays were revoked in 2012, effective 2013 onwards but with public debate and re-evaluation scheduled for 2018, due to the actual European financial crisis:[1]

Autonomous Regions
DateEnglish namePortuguese nameNotesMadeiraAzores
moveableCorpus Christi (feast)Corpo de DeusThursday, date varies. 60 days after Easter Sunday. It is religion based.YesYYesY
5 OctoberRepublic DayImplantação da RepúblicaCelebrates the end of Monarchy and the beginning of the Portuguese RepublicYesYYesY
1 NovemberAll Saints DayTodos os SantosIn terms of Western Christian theology, the feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven.YesYYesY
1 DecemberRestoration of IndependenceRestauração da IndependênciaCelebrates the end of the Philippine Dynasty (1580–1640)YesYYesY

Local holidays[edit]

DateEnglish namePortuguese nameNotes
19 MarchSt. Joseph's DayDia de São JoséCelebrated in Santarém.
13 JuneSt. Anthony's DayDia de Santo AntónioCelebrated in Lisbon where on the Avenida da Liberdade, there are the Marchas, a parade of folklore and costumes from the city's different traditional quarters, with hundreds of singers and dancers and a vast audience applauding their favorite participants. As St Anthony is the matchmaker saint, it is still the tradition in Lisbon to celebrate multiple marriages (200 to 300).
24 JuneSt. John's DayDia de São JoãoCelebrated in Porto, Braga, Figueira da Foz, and Almada.

Porto and Braga celebrate with a big festival and fireworks over the River Douro (in Porto) and down Avenida da Liberdade (in Braga). Across the country a traditional midsummer bonfire is also built and following an ancient pagan tradition, revelers try to jump over the bonfire, this in order to gain protection during the rest of the year.

21 SeptemberSt. Matthew DayDia de São MateusCelebrated in Viseu

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