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Brazil Maintains Carnival 2021 Federal Public Sector Holidays

Source: Agência Câmara de Notícias (Brasilia)
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Brazilian Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, has announced that President Jair Bolsonaro would maintain the upcoming February 15-17, 2021, Carnival public sector holidays of Brazil, at the federal level.

Minister Machado Neto was reacting to the recent decision by many Brazilian states to cancel the Carnival public sector holidays for their state employees ("The Carnival holiday, which is a holy holiday, is going to take place. Some states are not enacting an optional point for their employees during the Carnival period. But President Bolsonaro is not going to do that in federal agencies").

The list of 2021 Brazilian non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2021 (Portaria Nº 430, de 30 de Dezembro de 2020, Edição 250, Seção, 1, Página 39), was released by the Federal Government of Brazil, through its Ministério do Planejamento, Desenvolvimento e Gestão, last month (2021-01-04).

Currently, the 2 days of Carnival and Ash Wednesday are pontos facultativos (government public holidays), limited to government employees. The idea of making Carnival Tuesday a full public holiday has been in the news regularly over the years (2020-10-21, 2013-02-06, 2011-07-21, 2009-09-30, 2009-06-23, 2009-01-28, 2008-05-26), but the corresponding bills all expired along the way to enactment.

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