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The Pure Portugal Guide To Portuguese Public Holidays & Celebrations 2020

Whether you are just visiting Portugal or already living here you will want to be sure you know the important dates and public holidays which happen through the year, many businesses close over holidays and there are some great celebrations to join in with too! Not all businesses close for a public holiday, generally you can still find supermarkets and main shops open especially in larger places, public transport will still run usually also, but expect to find the local shop or café in the village closed while the owners celebrate like everybody else!

You will notice with many holidays and celebrations it is not unusual for generations of all ages to gather in the streets to eat and drink, other days for celebration include processions which you can sometimes take part in. In August it is widely joked that ‘Portugal shuts down’ it of course doesn’t literally shut down but many businesses do stop or slow down for the summer holidays, people head back to their home towns and villages to see family and spend time at the beach / river beach relaxing.

There are local holidays which you may find are specific to your area and of course on top of the dates listed below there are many other days of celebration and not to forget (3 months of )school holidays too! 

Diaries at the ready – Here is the Pure Portugal guide to holidays and celebrations for 2020 so you can celebrate like a true local!

1st January – New Years Day (Ano Novo) – Celebrated much like it is in the UK and other western countries, in Portugal this is a day for family and reflection.

25th February – Lent/Carnival – (Madi Gras/Carnaval) – Find out more on our blog here

19th March – Fathers Day

29th March – Clocks go forward (DST)

10th April – Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)

12th April – Easter Sunday – Easter Monday us not usually considered a day of celebration in Portugal so most businesses will be open as usual.

25th April – Freedom Day (Dia de Liberdade) Remembering the Carnation Revolution in 1974 which overthrew the dictatorship, expect a day of patriotic celebration, parades & red carnations

1st May – Labour Day (Dia do TRabalhador) – Celebrating all types of labourer, especially the working class

3rd May – Mothers Day

10th June – National Day Of Portugal (Dia de Portugal) – The anniversary of the death of Luís de Camões – Portugal’s most famous poet, expect military parades, concerts and the President of Portugal making public appearances

11th June – Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus) – You will often see processions from local churches for Holy Mass

15th August – The Assumption Of Mary – Solenidade de Assunção da Bem-Aventurada Virgem Maria, or simply Assunção. A special mass and celebration of The Virgin Mother Mary and her ascension to heaven – you can see crowds celebrating this day especially at the Sanctuary at Fátima.

29th September – Saint Simon’s Day (Magusto) – Find out more about this day and celebrations on our blog here

5th October – Republic Day (Implantação da República) – Commemorates the overthrow of the monarchy and establishment of a republic in Portugal on the same day in 1910

25th October – Clocks go back (DST)

1st November – All Saints Day (Dia de Todos os Santos) – A day for remembering Christian saints/martyrs but also a day to remember family and friends who are no longer with us. Find out more about this day in our blog here

1st December – Restoration of Independence (Restauração da Independência) – Commemorates the restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain

8th December – Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição)

25th December – Christmas Day (Natal) – Find out more about Christmas celebrations on our blog here 


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