Public Holidays

Portuguese public holidays 2020

All countries have particular days of national and cultural importance, in Portugal ‘Public Holidays’ are days in which citizens are given the day off of work or school to celebrate a particular event.

Many of Portugal’s bank holidays are national, although some are only celebrated in certain regions.

Unlike many other countries, holidays in Portugal are observed on the day on which they fall. As a result, if a national holiday falls on a Sunday, then it is not taken on the next Monday. Additionally, there are widely celebrated Portuguese festivals, such as Carnival (Carnaval) on Shrove Tuesday, which are not deemed official holidays by the state.

Here’s a list of all the Portuguese public holidays you need to know in 2020, as well as other important dates to include in your calendar.

  • 1 January (Wednesday): New Year’s Day (Ano Novo)
  • 10 April (Friday): Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)
  • 12 April (Sunday): Easter Sunday
  • 25 April (Saturday): Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade)
  • 1 May (Friday): Labor Day (Dia do Trabalhador)
  • 10 June (Wednesday): Portugal National Day (Dia de Portugal)
  • 11 June (Thursday): Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus)
  • 24 June (Wednesday): Saint John’s Day (Porto, Braga, Figueira da Foz, and Almada)
  • 15 August (Saturday): Assumption of Mary (Assunção de Nossa Senhora)
  • 8 September (Tuesday): Nativity of Mary – celebrated in some regions
  • 5 October (Monday): Republic Day (Implantação da República)
  • 1 November (Sunday): All Saints’ Day (Todos os Santos)
  • 1 December (Tuesday): Restoration of Independence Day (Restauração da Independência)
  • 8 December (Tuesday): Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição)
  • 25 December (Friday): Christmas Day (Natal)

Local holidays in Portugal 2020

  • 15 January (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Santa Cruz)
  • 22 January (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Sao Vicente)
  • 19 March (Thursday): Saint Joseph’s Day (Santarem)
  • 11 April (Saturday): Municipal holiday (Lagoa)
  • 23 April (Thursday): Saint George’s Day (Velas)
  • 25 May (Monday): Municipal holiday (Santana)
  • 26 May (Tuesday): Municipal holiday (Ponta Delgada); in fact, celebrated on the fifth Sunday after Easter
  • 10 June (Wednesday): Azores Day (in Azores only)
  • 13 June (Saturday): Saint Anthony’s Day (in Lisbon only)
  • 20 June (Saturday): Municipal holiday (Corvo)
  • 1 July (Wednesday): Madeira Day (on Madeira Island only)
  • 4 July (Saturday): Saint Elizabeth’s Day (Coimbra)
  • 15 July (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Lajes das Flores)
  • 18 July (Saturday): Municipal holiday (Nordeste)
  • 22 July (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Porto Moniz and also Madalena)
  • 11 August (Tuesday): Municipal holiday (Praia da Vitoria)
  • 16 August (Sunday): Municipal holiday (Sao Roque do Pico)
  • 20 August (Thursday): Municipal holiday (Viana do Castelo)
  • 21 August (Friday): Funchal City Day
  • 2 September (Wednesday): Municipal holiday (Povoacao)
  • 21 September (Monday): Saint Matthew’s Day (Viceu and also Elvas)
  • 4 October (Sunday): Municipal holiday (Camara de Lobos)
  • 9 October (Friday): Municipal holiday (Machico)
  • 25 November (Wednesday): Saint Catherine’s Day (Calheta)

Important dates in Portugal 2020

  • 25 February (Tuesday): Mardi Gras/Carnival (Carnaval)
  • 19 March (Thursday): Father’s Day
  • 29 March (Sunday): Clocks go forward one hour as a result of daylight saving time (DST) starting
  • 3 May (Sunday): Mother’s Day
  • 5 October (Sunday): Clocks go back one hour as a result of daylight saving time (DST) ending

School holidays

In addition to national public holidays, Portuguese schools also have their own holiday times for the children including a 3-month summer holiday break. Public, private and international school holidays differ and it is best to check with the individual school for their dates. For an overview, please check School Holidays in Portugal.

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