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A preview of the Portugal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2020, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Portugal Public Holidays in 2020 Observance*
Jan.    Wed New Year's Day
Feb.    Tue Shrove Tuesday (Carnival) (optional but widespread) Ponto Facultativo
Apr.    Thu Maundy Thursday Bnk+Gov+Aft
        Fri Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)
        Sun Easter Sunday
        Sat Liberation Day (Dia do 25 de Abril)
May     Fri Labour Day
June    Wed National Day (Dia de Portugal e de Camões)
        Thu Corpus Christi (Corpo de Deus)
        Sat Saint Anthony's Day (Lisbon) Municipal
Aug.    Sat Assumption Day
Oct.    Mon Republic Day
Nov.    Sun All Saints' Day
Dec.    Tue Independence Restoration Day
        Tue Immaculate Conception Day
        Thu Christmas Eve Bnk+Gov
        Fri Christmas Day (Natal)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

01 May 2017 Portugal Papal Public Holiday May 12 (Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) The government of Portugal has declared a national public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) on Friday, May 12, 2017, to coincide with the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Portugal.  19 Jan 2017 Portugal Carnival Public Holiday Rejected (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) Portugal's leading coalition partner Socialists have formally announced that they were against their coalition partner's, the Greens' proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, thus killing the initiative.  12 Jan 2017 Portugal To Vote On Carnival Public Holiday (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) Portugal's National Assembly has decided to put to a vote, on January 18, 2017, the Greens' proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal.  02 Jan 2017 Portugal To Examine Carnival Public Holiday (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) On January 11, Portugal's National Assembly will examine a proposal by governing coalition partner, the Greens, to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal.  19 Mar 2016 Portugal Public Holidays Officially Restored (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) The President of Portugal has promulgated the recent decree restoring the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal ("Corpo de Deus, 5 de outubro, 1 de novembro e 1 de dezembro") which had been canceled as part of the 2011 austerity package.  08 Jan 2016 Portugal Restores 4 Public Holidays (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) Earlier today, Portugal's new Socialist government obtained the Parliamentary approval needed to enact the bill to restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal, Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Implantação da República (October 5), Todos os Santos (November 1), and Restauração da independência (December 1st), that were canceled as part of the 2011 austerity measures, with immediate effect.  03 Jan 2016 Portugal Public Holidays Restoration Update (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) The secretary general of Portugal's UGT labour union, Carlos Silva, has announced that his union would accept a delay in the restoration of the 2 religious annual non-working public holidays in Portugal (Corpus Christi and All Saints Day), which were canceled 4 years ago, due to the need to re-negotiate these 2 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal with the Vatican.  19 Dec 2015 Portugal Public Holidays Restoration Vote January 8 (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) The bill which aims to restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal that were canceled as part of the current austerity measures ("Projeto de Lei n.º 749/XII - Restitui os feriados nacionais obrigatórios eliminados"), and has the support of the new left-wing governing coalition in Portugal, will be debated in Portugal's Parliament on January 8, 2016.  11 Nov 2015 Portugal Could Restore 4 Public Holidays Before 2018 (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) Following last night's forced resignation of Portugal's center-right government, the likelihood that the recent project to restore the 4 public holidays canceled 3 years ago, before 2018, the "Projeto de Lei n.º 749/XII - Restitui os feriados nacionais obrigatórios eliminados" will be approved has increased dramatically.  12 Oct 2015 Portugal December 1 Public Holiday Petition (Assembleia da República-Lisboa) A former leader of Portugal's People's Party, José Ribeiro e Castro, has delivered a petition to Portugal's Parliament which once again requests the reversal of the 2012 law which abrogated 4 of Portugal's annual non-working 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), UnitedHealthcare Global (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).


Footnotes
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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.


Disclaimer
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 2020 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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