This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Brazil. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

March 1 Friday Carnival start Observance

The first day of Carnaval. It begins on Friday before Ash Wednesday (51 days to Easter).

March 2 Saturday Carnival Saturday Observance

The second day of Carnival.

March 3 Sunday Carnival Sunday Observance

The third day of Carnival.

March 4 Monday Carnival Monday Observance

The fourth day of Carnival.

March 5 Tuesday Carnival Tuesday Observance

The fifth day of Carnival falls on Shrove Tuesday - the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent).

March 6 Wednesday Carnival end Observance

Carnaval ends on Ash Wednesday midday (45 days before Easter and the first day of Lent).

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Tiradentes Day (Portuguese) Public holiday

Anniversary of considered the national martyr known as Tiradentes for being part of the Inconfidência Mineira, an insurgent movement that aimed to establish an independent Brazilian republic.

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

June 12 Wednesday Lovers' Day Observance

Lovers' Day is celebrated in Brazil in a manner similar to the way that Valentine's Day.

June 20 Thursday Corpus Christi Observance

The Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist - known as transubstantiation.

August 11 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Second Sunday in August in Brazil

September 7 Saturday Independence Day Public holiday

The day of the Declaration of Independence of Brazil from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves in 1822.

October 12 Saturday Our Lady Aparecida Public holiday

The day to honor Our Lady of Aparecida (Blessed Virgin Mary), the principal patroness of Brazil.

October 15 Tuesday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers. Falls on October 15th in Brazil

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Public holiday

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on the day.

November 15 Friday Republic Proclamation Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic, the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy of the Empire of Brazil and the end the reign of Emperor Pedro II.

November 20 Wednesday Black Consciousness Day Observance

A celebration of a regained awareness by the black community about their great worth and contribution to the country.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Brazil in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Brazil. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

March 1 Friday Carnival start Observance

The first day of Carnaval. It begins on Friday before Ash Wednesday (51 days to Easter).

March 2 Saturday Carnival Saturday Observance

The second day of Carnival.

March 3 Sunday Carnival Sunday Observance

The third day of Carnival.

March 4 Monday Carnival Monday Observance

The fourth day of Carnival.

March 5 Tuesday Carnival Tuesday Observance

The fifth day of Carnival falls on Shrove Tuesday - the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent).

March 6 Wednesday Carnival end Observance

Carnaval ends on Ash Wednesday midday (45 days before Easter and the first day of Lent).

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Tiradentes Day (Portuguese) Public holiday

Anniversary of considered the national martyr known as Tiradentes for being part of the Inconfidência Mineira, an insurgent movement that aimed to establish an independent Brazilian republic.

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

June 12 Wednesday Lovers' Day Observance

Lovers' Day is celebrated in Brazil in a manner similar to the way that Valentine's Day.

June 20 Thursday Corpus Christi Observance

The Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist - known as transubstantiation.

August 11 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Second Sunday in August in Brazil

September 7 Saturday Independence Day Public holiday

The day of the Declaration of Independence of Brazil from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves in 1822.

October 12 Saturday Our Lady Aparecida Public holiday

The day to honor Our Lady of Aparecida (Blessed Virgin Mary), the principal patroness of Brazil.

October 15 Tuesday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers. Falls on October 15th in Brazil

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Public holiday

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on the day.

November 15 Friday Republic Proclamation Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic, the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy of the Empire of Brazil and the end the reign of Emperor Pedro II.

November 20 Wednesday Black Consciousness Day Observance

A celebration of a regained awareness by the black community about their great worth and contribution to the country.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Browse holidays by year and country:

More from Calendars & Holidays