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Portugal : 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 next 3 months

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Internet domain: .pt - telephone code: +351 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: 0 (DST: yes)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 3, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday February 17, 2023Carnival holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 21, 2023Customary holidaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday February 22, 2023Carnival holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday March 19, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Tuesday March 21, 2023Arbor Daycards/flowers
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    Sunday March 26, 2023Motorcycle Grand PrixSports events
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    Sunday March 26, 2023Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Friday March 31, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday April 1, 2023April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Monday April 3, 2023Estoril Tennis OpenSports events
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    Thursday April 6, 2023Bank Holiday (from 13:00)Banks only
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday April 9, 2023EasterCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 17, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Tuesday April 25, 2023Liberation DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 7, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday May 11, 2023Vodafone Rally de PortugalSports events
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    Thursday May 18, 2023Local Fair (Ponta Delgada)Tradeshows
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    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. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 3, 2023
    School holidays : Www.portugal.gov.pt
    based on the calendar issued by the Ministry of Education of Portugal
    all study programs are aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process
    PISA ranking (average 493): 501
    Schooling is mandatory till age 18
    number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 580
    Number of teaching days: 175-180
    Usually no school on Saturday
    No uniform required
    University of Lisbon ranking: Times Higher Education #401-500/QS ranking #305/Shanghai #151-200

    We carry confirmed dates till July 2024; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Carnival holiday (beginning)

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    Friday February 17, 2023
    School holidays :

    Customary holiday

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    Tuesday February 21, 2023
    Secular holiday : Shrove Tuesday Carnival

    Carnival holiday (end)

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    Wednesday February 22, 2023
    School holidays :

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday March 19, 2023
    cards/flowers :

    Arbor Day

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    Tuesday March 21, 2023
    cards/flowers :

    Motorcycle Grand Prix

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    Sunday March 26, 2023
    Sports events : Https://www.motogp.com/en/calendar 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Sunday March 26, 2023
    Special Events : At 1:00 am local times

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
    School holidays :

    April Fools Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.

    Estoril Tennis Open

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    Monday April 3, 2023
    Sports events : Www.atptennis.com 2023 edition confirmed

    Bank Holiday (from 13:00)

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    Thursday April 6, 2023
    Banks only : Commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist (Lord's Supper) celebrates and His washing of the disciples' feet Maundy Thursday is not an official public holiday. But since it is the day before long Friday, many people has their workday shortened, and banks are closed in the afternoon.

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter

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    Sunday April 9, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday April 17, 2023
    School holidays :

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]

    Liberation Day

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    Tuesday April 25, 2023
    Secular holiday : carnations military revolution in 1974 which overthrew the Salazar regime

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 7, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation.

    Vodafone Rally de Portugal

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    Thursday May 11, 2023
    Sports events : Lasts 3 days - www.rallydeportugal.pt/ arrival in Algarve region 2023 edition confirmed

    Local Fair (Ponta Delgada)

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    Tradeshows :