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Portugal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
Thu Labour Day
Tue National Day (Dia de Portugal e de Camões)
* Fri Saint Anthony's Day (Lisbon) Municipal
Fri Assumption Day
Mon Immaculate Conception Day
* Wed Christmas Eve Bnk+Gov
Thu Christmas Day (Natal)
* Fri Partial Public Sector Holiday (Tolerancia de Ponto) Gov+Ponto
* Wed Partial Public Sector Holiday (Tolerancia de Ponto) Gov+Ponto
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Recent News and Updates

05 Dec 2014 Portugal 2014 Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) The Government of Portugal has announced the traditional year-end non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto) in Portugal as Wednesday, December 24, 2014, and one day to choose among December 26, 31 or January 2, 2015.  04 Dec 2013 Portugal Bill To Restore Public Holidays (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) The leader of the Communist Party caucus of Portugal's parliament has introduced a bill that would restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays, whose cancelation was recently ruled constitutional.  28 Nov 2013 Portugal 2013 Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) The Government of Portugal has announced the traditional year-end non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto) in Portugal as Tuesday, December 24, 2013, and the afternoon of Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  27 Sep 2013 Portugal Public Holidays Changes Ruled Constitutional (Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) More than a year after the Portuguese Government's cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays took effect, Portugal's constitutional court (Tribunal Constitucional) has ruled that the reduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal was constitutional.  01 Dec 2012 Portugal 2012 Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) The Government of Portugal has announced that Monday, December 24, and Monday, December 31, had been declared as one-off non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto).  01 Aug 2012 Portugal Public Holidays Changes Take Effect (Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) The Portuguese Government's amendments to the Labour Code to increase competitivity, in part by cancelling 4 annual non-working public holidays, takes effect today.  09 May 2012 Portugal Public Holidays Reduction Finalized (Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) The final block of the Portuguese Government's plan to reduce the number of annual public holidays has come into place as an agreement between the Portuguese government and the Vatican was finally reached today on the selection of the 2 religious public holidays to be dropped from the list of Portugal's annual non-working public holidays.  12 Mar 2012 Portugal Religious Public Holidays Update (Económico-Lisboa) Within a couple of days, the Portuguese Episcopal Conference and the Vatican have made separate proposals to amend the Portuguese Government's current plans to cancel 2 religious annual non-working public holidays in Portugal.  26 Feb 2012 Portugal Carnival Public Holiday 2013 (Agência Efe-Lisboa) Portugal's Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Miguel Relvas, has announced that, in 2013, there would be no tolerância de ponto for public sector employees to take a non-working public holiday for the optional but widespread Shrove Tuesday Carnival.  18 Jan 2012 Portugal Public Holidays Cancellation Update (Agência Efe-Lisboa) The Portuguese government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has secured an agreement from unions and employers on its planned cancellation of 4 annual non-working Portuguese public holidays.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Portugal public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Portugal are regulated by the 1976 Decreto-ley núm. 874/76 relativo a las vacaciones, días feriados y ausencias (Diário da República, 1976-12-28), and in articles 208 to 232, 255 and 259 of the New Labour Code of 2003 (Código do Trabalho, Lei n.º 99/2003, de 27.08, com Declaração de Rectificação n.º 15/2003, de 28.10) which makes a distinction between feriados obrigatórios and feriados facultativos. The list of public holidays may not be altered by collective agreement or individual contract of employment (Article 21).  A distinction is made between the twelve mandatory and the two discretionary public holidays: the latter may each be replaced by any other day by agreement between employer and employees.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date (ie. they are not moved to another date, such as the following Monday, for example).  Regional Holidays: Towns, cities, and regions may have additional public holidays .  In particular, Saint Anthony's Day is observed in Lisbon only.  Portugal International Codes PT and PRT (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .pt (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Portugal information and news: Bank of Portugal (Portugal central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Portugal maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Portugal), and Wikipedia (includes Portugal commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Portugal, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Portugal, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Portugal, before planning any trip to Portugal. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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