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Portugal (Madeira) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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Portugal (Madeira) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the current 2 months



Internet domain: .pt - telephone code: +351 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: 0 (DST: yes)
Currency: Euro (EUR) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Christmas holiday (beginning)Friday December 14, 2018School holidays 
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banks are closedMonday December 24, 2018Banks only 
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Christmas Day*Tuesday December 25, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Independence Restoration Day -
Sunday December 1, 2019

Secular holiday : Marking Portugal's 1640 return to independence after 60 years of Spanish rule. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Immaculate Conception -
Sunday December 8, 2019

Catholic : Dogma that Mary was from the first moment of conception, totally free from the stain of original sin. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 14, 2018

School holidays :


Banks are closed -
Monday December 24, 2018

Banks only :


Christmas Day -
Tuesday December 25, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.