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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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    Friday december 8, 2023Immaculate ConceptionCatholic
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    Friday december 15, 2023Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday december 24, 2023Christmas EveEvents, celebrations...
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday january 1, 2024New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday january 3, 2024Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday february 9, 2024Carnival holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday february 13, 2024Customary holidaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday february 14, 2024Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday february 14, 2024Carnival holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday march 10, 2024Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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    Sunday march 10, 2024Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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    Tuesday march 19, 2024Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday march 21, 2024Arbor Daycards/flowers
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    Friday march 22, 2024Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday march 24, 2024Motorcycle Grand PrixSports events
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    Thursday march 28, 2024Bank Holiday (from 13:00)Banks only
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    Friday march 29, 2024Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday march 31, 2024Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Sunday march 31, 2024EasterCatholic or protestant
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    Monday april 1, 2024Estoril Tennis OpenSports events
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    Monday april 1, 2024April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Monday april 8, 2024Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday april 10, 2024End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Thursday april 25, 2024Liberation DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday may 1, 2024Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday may 5, 2024Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday may 18, 2024Local Fair (Ponta Delgada)Tradeshows
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    Sunday may 19, 2024Vodafone Rally de PortugalSports events
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    Thursday may 30, 2024Corpus ChristiCatholic
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    Tuesday june 4, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday june 6, 2024European electionsSpecial Events
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    Monday june 10, 2024National DayNational Day
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    Thursday june 13, 2024St Anthony (Lisbon only)Catholic
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    Friday june 14, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday june 24, 2024Regional holidayCatholic
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    Wednesday june 26, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday june 29, 2024Regional holidayCatholic
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    Saturday june 29, 2024FIA LisboaTradeshows
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    Immaculate Conception

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    Friday december 8, 2023
    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)

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    Friday december 15, 2023
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    Christmas Eve

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    Sunday december 24, 2023
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    Christmas Day

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    Monday december 25, 2023
    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.

    New Year's Day

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    Monday january 1, 2024
    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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    Wednesday january 3, 2024
    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
    2022 PISA ranking: #27 with a 478 score
    Schooling is mandatory till age 18
    Average class size: more than 22
    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 (2023) #201-300

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    Carnival holiday (beginning)

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    Friday february 9, 2024
    School holidays :

    Customary holiday

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    Tuesday february 13, 2024
    Secular holiday : Shrove Tuesday Carnival

    Valentine's Day

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    Wednesday february 14, 2024
    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 (end)

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    Wednesday february 14, 2024
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    Parliamentary election

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    Sunday march 10, 2024
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    Parliamentary election

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    Sunday march 10, 2024
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    Fathers' Day

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    Tuesday march 19, 2024
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    Arbor Day

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    Thursday march 21, 2024
    cards/flowers :

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Friday march 22, 2024
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    Motorcycle Grand Prix

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    Sunday march 24, 2024
    Sports events : Https://www.motogp.com/en/calendar 2024 edition confirmed

    Bank Holiday (from 13:00)

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    Thursday march 28, 2024
    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 march 29, 2024
    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.

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Sunday march 31, 2024
    Special Events : At 1:00 am local times

    Easter

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    Sunday march 31, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

    Estoril Tennis Open

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    Monday april 1, 2024
    Sports events : Www.atptennis.com 2024 edition confirmed

    April Fools Day

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    Monday april 1, 2024
    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.

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday april 8, 2024
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Wednesday april 10, 2024
    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 [Wikipedia]

    Liberation Day

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    Thursday april 25, 2024
    Secular holiday : carnations military revolution in 1974 which overthrew the Salazar regime

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Wednesday may 1, 2024
    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 5, 2024
    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.

    Local Fair (Ponta Delgada)

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    Saturday may 18, 2024
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    Vodafone Rally de Portugal

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    Sunday may 19, 2024
    Sports events : Lasts 3 days - www.rallydeportugal.pt/ arrival in Algarve region 2024 edition NOT confirmed

    Corpus Christi

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    Thursday may 30, 2024
    Catholic : Commemorates the Last supper. Pope Urban IV ordered the observance of such a feast in 1264, and in the following century it became universal in the Western Church. For six hundred years that feast was observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but in 1970 the new Roman Missal, while retaining that day for some countries, provided that in others the feast be observed on the Sunday after Trinity. the actual celebration is moved to the nearest weekend.

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Tuesday june 4, 2024
    School holidays : 9th, 11th & 12 grades

    European elections

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    Thursday june 6, 2024
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    National Day

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    Monday june 10, 2024
    Secular holiday : Commemorates Luis de Camoes, Portugal's greatest poet, who died in 1580. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    St Anthony (Lisbon only)

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    Thursday june 13, 2024
    Catholic : also in Aljustrel, de Cascais, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Vila Real.

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday june 14, 2024
    School holidays : 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 cycles

    Regional holiday

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    Monday june 24, 2024
    Catholic : St John Porto & Braga only

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday june 26, 2024
    School holidays : 1st cycle

    Regional holiday

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    Saturday june 29, 2024
    Catholic : Póvoa de Varzim only

    FIA Lisboa

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    Saturday june 29, 2024
    Tradeshows : Http://fialisboa.fil.pt/ lasts 1 week - in Lisbon 2024 edition confirmed