Public & National Holidays in Portugal

Public and national holidays being celebrated in Portugal consists of a mix of national holidays that mark important historical events of the region, along with a majority of Christian festivals.


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    Holidays in January

    1st – New Year’s Day

    The date marks the start of New Year according the Gregorian Calendar and is celebrated around the world.

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    Holidays in February

    24th – Carnival

    The Carnival in Portugal is an important annual festival that’s celebrated throughout the country. It resembles the Brazilian’s version of Carnival.

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    Holidays in March

    29th – Good Friday

    It was on this day when Jesus Christ was crucified at Calvary. It’s an important day for the Christian faithful and is declared as official holiday by the state.

    31st – Easter Sunday

    This date marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death by crucifixion at Calvary. The date is subjected to change every year as it’s not based on the Gregorian calendar.

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    Holidays in May

    1st – Labour Day

    This date commemorates the achievements of workers all around the world.

    30th – Corpus Christi

    A great feast is held on this day to celebrate 60 days after Jesus Christ was resurrected on Easter Sunday. The date can vary from year to year, as it’s based on the days, rather than the dates.

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    Holidays in June

    10th – Portugal Day

    The date commemorates the passing away of Portuguese national poet, Luis de Camoes, who is also credited with writing Portugal’s national anthem. The poems of Camoes are considered inspirational by the citizens, as well as being compared to some of the greatest writers in history, including Homer, Dante and Shakespeare.

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    Holidays in August

    15th – Assumption

    According to Christian faithful, it was on this day that Virgin Mary was taken up into the heavens.

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    Holidays in October

    5th - Republic Day

    This date marks the abolishment of monarchy in the country, along with the creation of a free republic.

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    Holidays in November

    1st – All Saints Day

    It’s a tradition Christian holiday which is celebrated to pay tribute to all of the Christian Saints. A great feast is held in honour of these saints, along with prayers in several Christian communities. Notable Christians Saints include St. Peter and St. Paul.

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    Holidays in December

    1st – Restoration of Independence

    The date commemorates the ending of the Spanish rule over the Portuguese. It was on this day when the Portuguese declared themselves liberated from their monarchs, then led by the Philippine Dynasty.

    8th – Immaculate Conception

    According to the Roman Catholic Church, it’s the day when the conception of Virgin Mary without any sin or wrongful act took place, which eventually led to the birth of Jesus Christ.

    25th – Christmas Day

    It’s an important Christian festival that’s observed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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