Public holidays in Portugal

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Public holidays celebrated in Portugal are a mix of religious (Roman Catholic), town, city, national holidays and holidays of the 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 ☑Y ☑Y
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. ☑Y ☑Y
moveable Good Friday Sexta-feira Santa Friday before Easter Sunday. Observed 30 March 2018 ☑Y ☑Y
moveable Easter Domingo de Páscoa Observed 1 April 2018 ☑Y ☑Y
25 April Freedom Day Dia da Liberdade Celebrates the 1974 coup d'état that ended the Estado Novo government and established the Portuguese Third Republic. ☑Y ☑Y
1 May Labour Day Dia do Trabalhador Similar to Labor Day celebrated worldwide. ☑Y ☑Y
moveable Corpus Christi (feast) Corpo de Deus Thursday, date varies. 60 days after Easter Sunday. It is religion based. Observed 31 May 2018 ☑Y ☑Y
1 June Azores Day Dia dos Açores Only celebrated in Azores. ☑Y
10 June Portugal Day Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas National Day. ☑Y ☑Y
1 July Madeira Day Dia da Madeira Only celebrated in Madeira Island. ☑Y
15 August Assumption Assunção de Nossa Senhora A religious account of the taking up of Mary into heaven. ☑Y ☑Y
5 October Republic Day Implantação da República Celebrates the end of Monarchy and the beginning of the Portuguese Republic. ☑Y ☑Y
1 November All Saints Day Dia de Todos-os-Santos In terms of Western Christian theology, the feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven. ☑Y ☑Y
1 December Restoration of Independence Restauração da Independência Celebrates the end of the Philippine Dynasty (1580–1640). ☑Y ☑Y
8 December Immaculate Conception Imaculada Conceição According to Roman Catholic Dogma, the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain of original sin. ☑Y ☑Y
25 December Christmas Day Natal ☑Y ☑Y
26 December Boxing Day Segunda Oitava "Segunda Oitava" is part of Madeira's centuries old Christmas celebrations which has been recognized as bank holiday[1] by the Regional Government of Madeira. ☑Y
Total holidays 16 15

Revoked holidays in 2013–2015[edit]

In 2012, the Coalition government of Pedro Passos Coelho controversially revoked four holidays — two civilian holidays (Republic Day and Restoration of Independence) and two religious ones (Corpus Christi and All Saints Day). The move was effective from 2013 onwards and was presented as a measure to increase productivity, in the context of the 2011–2014 Troika bailout to Portugal (even though that measure was never requested by the Memorandum of Understanding). Public debate and re-evaluation were scheduled in 2018 for the religious holidays.

The four holidays were eventually restored by the government of António Costa, in January 2016.

Local holidays[edit]

Date English name Portuguese name Notes
19 March St. Joseph's Day Dia de São José Celebrated in Santarém.
moveable Easter Monday Segunda-feira de Páscoa Celebrated in Avis, Borba, Caminha, Campo Maior, Cuba, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Ílhavo, Mação, Mora, Penamacor, Ponte de Sor, Portel, Redondo, Castelo de Vide, Constância, Crato, Nisa and Sousel. 2 April in 2018.
moveable Ascension of Jesus Quinta-feira da Ascensão Celebrated in Alcanena, Alenquer, Almeirim, Alter do Chão, Alvito, Anadia, Ansião, Arraiolos, Arruda dos Vinhos, Azambuja, Beja, Benavente, Cartaxo, Chamusca, Estremoz, Golegã, Loulé, Mafra, Marinha Grande, Mealhada, Melgaço, Monchique, Mortágua, Oliveira do Bairro, Quarteira, Salvaterra de Magos, Santa Comba Dão, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Torres Novas, Vidigueira and Vila Franca de Xira.
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.

29 June St. Peter's Day Dia de São Pedro Celebrated in Alfândega da Fé, Bombarral, Castro Daire, Castro Verde, Évora, Felgueiras, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Montijo, Penedono, Porto de Mós, Póvoa de Varzim, Ribeira Brava, Ribeira Grande, São Pedro do Sul, Seixal and Sintra.

Just like St. Anthony's Day and St. John's Day, St. Peter's Day is celebrated with a traditional midsummer bonfire, where people jumps over and perform a tradition known as "Queimar a Alcachofra" (Burn the Artichoke) which symbolizes the "Good Which Fulfill".

4 July St. Elizabeth's Day Dia de Santa Isabel Celebrated in Coimbra
8 September Nativity of Mary Natividade de Nossa Senhora Celebrated in Lagoa, Alcoutim, Ponta do Sol, Lamego, Mangualde, Marco de Canaveses, Marvão, Montemor-o-Velho, Murtosa, Nazaré, Odemira, Ourique and Sabrosa.
21 September St. Matthew's Day Dia de São Mateus Celebrated in Viseu, and Elvas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Decreto Legislativo Regional n.º 39/2012/M" (PDF). Jornal Oficial da Região Autónoma da Madeira. Governo Regional da Madeira. December 21, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 

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