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
Date English name Portuguese name Notes Madeira Azores
1 January New Year's Day Ano Novo YesY YesY
moveable Carnival Carnaval Carnival 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. YesY YesY
moveable Good Friday Sexta-feira Santa Friday before Easter Sunday YesY YesY
moveable Easter Páscoa Sunday, date varies. * YesY YesY
25 April Freedom Day Dia da Liberdade Celebrates the 1974 Revolution that ended the Dictatorship and started Democracy YesY YesY
1 May Labour Day Dia do Trabalhador Similar to Labor Day in the States. YesY YesY
1 June Azores Day Dia dos Açores Celebrated in Azores YesY
10 June Portugal Day Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas National Day YesY YesY
1 July Madeira Day Dia da Madeira Celebrated in Madeira Island YesY
15 August Assumption Assunção de Nossa Senhora A religious account of the taking up of Mary into heaven. YesY YesY
8 December Immaculate Conception Imaculada Conceição According to Roman Catholic Dogma, the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain of original sin YesY YesY
25 December Christmas Day Natal YesY YesY

* - 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
Date English name Portuguese name Notes Madeira Azores
moveable Corpus Christi (feast) Corpo de Deus Thursday, date varies. 60 days after Easter Sunday. It is religion based. YesY YesY
5 October Republic Day Implantação da República Celebrates the end of Monarchy and the beginning of the Portuguese Republic YesY YesY
1 November All Saints Day Todos os Santos In terms of Western Christian theology, the feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven. YesY YesY
1 December Restoration of Independence Restauração da Independência Celebrates the end of the Philippine Dynasty (1580–1640) YesY YesY

Local holidays[edit]

Date English name Portuguese name Notes
19 March St. Joseph's Day Dia de São José Celebrated in Santarém.
13 June St. Anthony's Day Dia de Santo António Celebrated 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 June St. John's Day Dia de São João Celebrated 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 September St. Matthew Day Dia de São Mateus Celebrated in Viseu

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