|New Year's Day*||Sunday January 1, 2017||Secular holiday ||
|Christmas holiday (end)**||Wednesday January 4, 2017||School holidays ||
|Independence Restoration Day*||Friday December 1, 2017||Secular holiday ||
|Saint Nicholas*||Wednesday December 6, 2017||cards/flowers ||
|Immaculate Conception*||Friday December 8, 2017||Catholic ||
|Christmas holiday (beginning)||Saturday December 16, 2017||School holidays ||
|banks are closed||Sunday December 24, 2017||Banks only ||
|Christmas Eve||Sunday December 24, 2017||Events, celebrations... ||
|Christmas Day*||Monday December 25, 2017||Catholic or protestant ||
New Year's Day -
Sunday January 1, 2017
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties.
Christmas holiday (end) -
Wednesday January 4, 2017
School holidays (please double check) : Www.portugal.gov.pt based on the calendar issued by the Ministry of Education of Portugal confirmed till June 2017
Independence Restoration Day -
Friday December 1, 2017
Secular holiday : Marking Portugal's 1640 return to independence after 60 years of Spanish rule.
Saint Nicholas -
Wednesday December 6, 2017
cards/flowers : A festival for children related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts.
Immaculate Conception -
Friday December 8, 2017
Catholic : Dogma that Mary was from the first moment of conception, totally free from the stain of original sin.
Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 16, 2016
School holidays (please double check) : http://sapp.telepac.pt/escolafrancesadoporto/
Banks are closed -
Saturday December 24, 2016
Banks only :
Christmas Eve -
Saturday December 24, 2016
Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016
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.