Holidays & Celebrations

Public holidays in Portugal in 2024 and 2025

Get out your calendar and take a note of the Portuguese public holidays for 2024 and 2025, as well as some other special days coming up.

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Updated 16-5-2024

If you’re living in Portugal, it’s important to note the dates of Portuguese public holidays (feriado public) for 2024 and 2025. Not only is this a great opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture, but you can also use the time off to visit family and friends overseas.

To ensure you don’t miss out on anything important, here is a list of Portugal’s public holidays and dates for your calendar.

Portuguese public holidays

As a Catholic country, most public holidays in Portugal are religious. Many include festivals and parades honoring a saint or a bible story, while others include Christian celebration such as Christmas.

On public holidays, most shops close for the whole day, even in big cities. Furthermore, public transport and other services reduce their schedules.

A carnival procession in Funchal, Portugal
Carnaval in Funchal, Portugal

Many of Portugal’s bank holidays are national, although some are only celebrated in certain regions. Additionally, each holiday is observed on the day it falls. As a result, if an observance falls on a Sunday, then the next Monday is not a day off.

Keep in mind that several Portuguese festivals are not days off, such as Carnival (Carnaval) on Shrove Tuesday.

Below is a full list of when the main Portuguese holidays occur in 2024 and 2025; including days off special occasions.

Portuguese public holidays during 2024

DatePublic holiday
1 January (Monday)New Year’s Day (Ano Novo)
29 March (Friday)Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)
31 March (Sunday)Easter Sunday (Domingo de Páscoa)
25 April (Thursday)Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade)
1 May (Wednesday)Labor Day (Dia do Trabalhador)
30 May (Thursday)Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus)
10 June (Monday)Portugal National Day (Dia de Portugal)
15 August (Thursday)Assumption of Mary (Assunção de Nossa Senhora)
5 October (Saturday)Republic Day (Implantação da República)
1 November (Friday)All Saints’ Day (Todos os Santos)
1 December (Sunday)Restoration of Independence Day (Restauração da Independência)
8 December (Sunday)Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição)
25 December (Wednesday)Christmas Day (Natal)

Local holidays in Portugal during 2024

This list includes many of Portugal’s local holidays, but bear in mind that there are several others not included. Therefore, check with your municipality to find out concrete dates.

DateRegional holidayObserving region
15 January (Monday)Municipal holidaySanta Cruz
22 January (Monday)Municipal holidaySao Vicente
19 March (Tuesday)Saint Joseph’s DaySantarem
11 April (Thursday)Municipal holidayLagoa
23 April (Tuesday)Saint George’s DayVelas
24 April (Wednesday)Our Lady of MercolesCastelo Branco
9 May (Thursday)Ascension DayBeja
12 May (Sunday)St Joana’s DayAveiro
26 May (Sunday)Leira DayLeira
27 May (Monday)Portalegre DayPortalegre
28 May (Tuesday)Azores DayAzores
13 June (Thursday)Saint Anthony’s DayLisbon
24 June (Monday)Saint John’s DayAlmanda, Braga, Figueira da Foz, Porto
29 June (Saturday)Saint Peter’s DayEvora
1 July (Monday)Saint Elizabeth’s DayCoimbra
15 July (Monday)Municipal holidayNordeste
21 July (Sunday)Municipal holidayMadalena
21 July (Sunday)Municipal holidayPorto Moniz
8 August (Thursday)Municipal holidayPraia da Vitoria
15 August (Thursday)Our Lady of SorrowsViana do Castelo
17 August (Saturday)Funchal City DayFunchal
18 August (Sunday)Our Lady of GracesBraganca
1 September (Sunday)Municipal holidayPovoacao
4 September (Wednesday)Faro DayFaro
11 September (Wednesday)Birth of BocageSetubal
18 September (Wednesday)Saint Matthew’s DayElvas, Viceu
1 October (Tuesday)Municipal holidayCamara de Lobos
6 October (Sunday)Municipal holidayMachico
24 November (Sunday)Foral of Sancho IGuarda
25 November (Monday)Saint Catherine’s DayCalheta

Important dates in Portugal during 2024

DateImportant date
13 February (Tuesday)Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or Carnival (Carnaval)
19 March (Tuesday)Father’s Day
31 March (Sunday)Clocks go forward one hour as a result of daylight saving time starting
5 May (Sunday)Mother’s Day
27 October (Sunday)Clocks go back one hour as a result of daylight saving time ending
Two woman sit by the sea pouring beer into their glasses, they are relaxed and smiling
Photo: Natalia Blauth/Unsplash+

Portuguese public holidays during 2025

DatePublic holiday
1 January (Wednesday)New Year’s Day (Ano Novo)
18 April (Friday)Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)
20 April (Sunday)Easter Sunday (Domingo de Páscoa)
25 April (Friday)Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade)
1 May (Thursday)Labor Day (Dia do Trabalhador)
19 June (Thursday)Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus)
10 June (Tuesday)Portugal National Day (Dia de Portugal)
15 August (Friday)Assumption of Mary (Assunção de Nossa Senhora)
5 October (Sunday)Republic Day (Implantação da República)
1 November (Saturday)All Saints’ Day (Todos os Santos)
1 December (Monday)Restoration of Independence Day (Restauração da Independência)
8 December (Monday)Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição)
25 December (Thursday)Christmas Day (Natal)

Local holidays in Portugal during 2025

DateRegional holidayObserving region
15 January (Wednesday)Municipal holidaySanta Cruz
22 January (Wednesday)Municipal holidaySao Vicente
19 March (Wednesday)Saint Joseph’s DaySantarem
11 April (Friday)Municipal holidayLagoa
23 April (Wednesday)Saint George’s DayVelas
23 April (Wednesday)Our Lady of MercolesCastelo Branco
11 May (Sunday)St Joana’s DayAveiro
25 May (Sunday)Leira DayLeira
26 May (Monday)Portalegre DayPortalegre
27 May (Tuesday)Azores DayAzores
29 May (Thursday)Ascension DayBeja
13 June (Friday)Saint Anthony’s DayLisbon
24 June (Tuesday)Saint John’s DayAlmanda, Braga, Figueira da Foz, Porto
29 June (Sunday)Saint Peter’s DayEvora
1 July (Tuesday)Saint Elizabeth’s DayCoimbra
14 July (Monday)Municipal holidayNordeste
20 July (Sunday)Municipal holidayMadalena
20 July (Sunday)Municipal holidayPorto Moniz
7 August (Thursday)Municipal holidayPraia da Vitoria
15 August (Friday)Our Lady of SorrowsViana do Castelo
17 August (Sunday)Funchal City DayFunchal
17 August (Sunday)Our Lady of GracesBraganca
31 August (Sunday)Municipal holidayPovoacao
3 September (Wednesday)Faro DayFaro
10 September (Wednesday)Birth of BocageSetubal
17 September (Wednesday)Saint Matthew’s DayElvas, Viceu
1 October (Wednesday)Municipal holidayCamara de Lobos
5 October (Sunday)Municipal holidayMachico
23 November (Sunday)Foral of Sancho IGuarda
24 November (Monday)Saint Catherine’s DayCalheta

Important dates in Portugal during 2025

DateImportant date
4 March (Tuesday)Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or Carnival (Carnaval)
19 March (Wednesday)Father’s Day
30 March (Sunday)Clocks go forward one hour as a result of daylight saving time starting
4 May (Sunday)Mother’s Day
26 October (Sunday)Clocks go back one hour as a result of daylight saving time ending

School holidays in Portugal

As well as Portugal’s national public holidays, Portuguese schools (including the international schools) have their own holiday times. Some of these vacation days overlap with national observances, however, this is not always the case.

If you want to know more about school term times, you can read more about school holidays in Portugal.