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Portugal Public and National Holidays
Portugal has 13 public and national holidays throughout the year. Portugal is a deeply religious country and the majority of national holidays coincide with important feast days, see the table later in this guide for an exact list of public holidays.
Portugal keeps the national holidays on the day that they were intended and do not move then to the closest Monday or Friday as in the UK. This does mean that bank holidays can occur in the middle of the week or at the weekends, which is unfortunate for Portuguese workers as they lose out.
The national holidays are similar to other European countries with government departments, banks, offices all closed for the day. Most small business and shops are closed while large supermarkets will have reduced opening hours. Public transport is always reduced and varies between different service providers – generally in Lisbon a Sunday service is operated but always check for specific routes.
List of National Holidays in Portugal
|Date of National Holiday
|| English Name
|Reason For Public /
||First day of the new year
||Pan cake day!
||Day of mourning for all Catholics
||Dia da Liberdade
|Remembrance of 1974 revolution
(Dia do Trabalho)
|The workers day - labor and
(Dia de Portugal)
||Important religions festival -
marches in Lisbon
||Feast of the Assumption
(assuncao de nossa senhora)
|Important religious holiday and Lisbon goes to the beach
(Dia da Republica)
|Celebrates the founding of the
republic in 1910
(Festa de Todossos Santos)
|Day to recover from the
(Dia de Restauracao)
|Celebrating the restoration of the
Portuguese royal family in 1640
||Important religious feast day.
|Everything is shut
There are no national holidays for Portugal's Popular Saints (Anthony, John and Peter) but because of the relative closeness of the dates they are combined into one giant week long party, see Popular Saint Section. Saint Peter's feast day is on 28th of June, Saint John's is on the 23th June and Saint Anthony's is the 12th of June.