Portugal’s Public Holidays

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
What are the holidays celebrated in Portugal?

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.


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