National and public holidays in Portugal 2016

National and public holidays in Portugal 2016

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Here is a list of official public holidays in Portugal in 2016, plus important dates such as school holidays, daylight savings, and Mother's and Father's Days.

The Portuguese word for public holiday is feriado public. Some of Portugal's holidays are national and others are regional. In 2013 as part of its austerity measures, the Portuguese government temporarily suspended four of its public holidays until 2019: All Saints Day (1 November), Corpus Christi (60 days after Easter), Republic Day (5 October) and Restoration of Independence Day (5 December).

Unlike many other countries, public holidays in Portugal are observed the day on which they fall; if a national holiday falls on a Sunday it is not taken the next Monday. Additionally, Carnival (Carnaval) is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday all over Portugal but it’s not an official holiday. 

National and public holidays in Portugal 2016

  • 1 January: New Year's Day (Ano Novo)
  • 25 March: Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)
  • 27 March: Easter Sunday
  • 25 April: Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade)
  • 1 May: Labour Day (Dia do Trabalhador)
  • 16 May: Azores Day (in Azores only)
  • 10 June: Portugal National Day (Dia de Portugal)
  • 13 June: St Anthony's Day (in Lisbon only)
  • 24 June: St John's Day (Porto, Braga, Figueira da Foz and Almada)
  • 1 July: Madeira Day (in Madeira Island only)
  • 15 August: Assumption of Mary (Assunção de Nossa Senhora)
  • 8 December: Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição)
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve (Banks are closed)
  • 25 December: Christmas Day (Natal)

Other important dates

  • 9 February: Mardi Gras / Carnival (Carnaval)
  • 19 March: Father's Day
  • 27 March: Daylight Saving Time starts 
– clocks go forward one hour
  • 1 May: Mother's Day
  • 26 May: Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus) – not a public holiday until 2019  
  • 5 October: Republic Day (Implantação da República) – not a public holiday until 2019  
  • 30 October:  Daylight Savings Time ends – clocks go back one hour
  • 1 November: All Saints' Day (Todos os Santos) – not a public holiday until 2019 
  • 1 December: Restoration of Independence Day (Restauração da Independência) – not a public holiday until 2019 

School holidays in Portugal

Portuguese state school term dates and holidays are set by the Ministry of Education in Portugal, although exact dates vary between regions and schools, so check with individual schools or through your Direcção Regional de Educação (Regional Education Authority).

In general: the school year starts around the second or third week of September; there’s a two-week Christmas holiday starting around the 20 December; a few days’ break is given for mardi gras/carnival in February; and there's a 10-day holiday around Easter. The long summer holiday starts early June.

Private schools set their own dates. 



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