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.
Heroes Day -
Wednesday January 4, 2017
Culture : Dia do Rei Amador - King Amador is the emblematic figure of the struggle for the liberation of slaves from Portuguese colonists in the sixteenth century.
Christmas holiday (end) -
Thursday January 5, 2017
School holidays (please double check) : official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education confirmed till September 2017
Saint Thomas -
Wednesday December 21, 2016
Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 23, 2016
School holidays (please double check) :
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.