Don’t get caught by surprise when planning and booking your holidays. Here is a list of Portugal’s public holidays and curiosities below.
Holidays in Portugal in 2017
|Date||Weekday||Holiday Name||Holiday Type|
|Jan 1||Sunday||New Year’s Day||National holiday|
|Feb 28||Tuesday||Carnival/Shrove Tuesday||Optional Holiday|
|Mar 20||Monday||March equinox||Season|
|Mar 26||Sunday||Daylight Saving Time starts||Clock change/Daylight Saving Time|
|Apr 14||Friday||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Apr 16||Sunday||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Apr 25||Tuesday||Liberty Day||National holiday|
|May 1||Monday||Labor Day / May Day||National holiday|
|Jun 10||Saturday||Portugal Day||National holiday|
|Jun 15||Thursday||Corpus Christi||National holiday|
|Jun 21||Wednesday||June Solstice||Season|
|Aug 15||Tuesday||Assumption of Mary||National holiday|
|Sep 22||Friday||September equinox||Season|
|Oct 5||Thursday||Republic Implantation||National holiday|
|Oct 29||Sunday||Daylight Saving Time ends||Clock change/Daylight Saving Time|
|Nov 1||Wednesday||All Saints’ Day||National holiday|
|Dec 1||Friday||Restoration of Independence||National holiday|
|Dec 8||Friday||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||National holiday|
|Dec 21||Thursday||December Solstice||Season|
|Dec 24||Sunday||Christmas Eve||Observance|
|Dec 25||Monday||Christmas Day||National holiday|
|Dec 31||Sunday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
Portuguese Holidays Traditions
On Christmas Eve Portuguese families gather around the Christmas tree and the Crèche to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Catholicism is the main religion in Portugal. Thus, the Crèche is a very important part of the celebration. Traditionally, children are in charge of collecting materials for the Crèche.
What is Carnival in Portugal?
The Portugal Carnival is not completely unique. In fact, it is like many carnivals held around the world right before the beginning of Lent. You may have heard of Mardi Gras, held in Louisiana. The Carnival in Portugal is just like Mardi Gras.
What is Portugal Day?
Portugal Day, officially Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities (Portuguese: Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas), isPortugal‘s National Day celebrated annually on 10 June. … The date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões on 10 June 1580.