Holidays in Portugal in 2019
This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Portugal. 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.
|February 14||Thursday||St. Valentine's Day||Observance||
Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.
|March 5||Tuesday||Shrove Tuesday||Observance||
The day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" before 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||Easter Sunday||Public holiday||
Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.
|April 25||Thursday||Liberty Day||Public holiday||
The national holiday in Portugal commemorating the elemental civil liberties and political freedoms achieved after the Carnation Revolution on 25th April 1974.
|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.
|June 10||Monday||Portugal Day||Public holiday||
Portugal's National Day commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões in 1580.
|June 20||Thursday||Corpus Christi||Public holiday||
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 15||Thursday||Assumption of Mary||Public holiday||
The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).
|October 5||Saturday||Republic Implantation||Public holiday||
Celebrates the proclamation of the First Portuguese Republic in 1910.
|November 1||Friday||All Saints' Day||Public holiday||
Commemoration day for all Christian saints
|December 1||Sunday||Restoration of Independence Day||Public holiday||
The anniversary of the establishment of the restoration of independence from Spain
|December 8||Sunday||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||Public holiday||
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the solemn celebration of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
|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 26||Thursday||Boxing Day||Observance||
A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)
|December 31||Tuesday||New Year's Eve||Observance||
The final day of the Gregorian year