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Portugal Parliament Rejects Carnival National Public Holiday Bill

Source: Assembleia da República (Lisboa)
Posted: Friday, October 22, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: May 19, 2022

Portugal's Parliament has rejected joint PEV and PAN initiatives that would have enshrined Carnival Tuesday as a mandatory national holiday in Portugal ("to end another discrimination between public and private workers").

The BE and PCP joined the PEV and PAN and voted in favor of making Carnival Tuesday a public holiday for both the public and private sectors, but the PS, PSD, CDS and Liberal Initiative voted against the Bill.

Traditionally, Carnival is an annual optional public holiday for Portugal's public sector, as reconfirmed, following the reintroduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal (2016-03-19, 2016-01-08 and 2012-08-01).

Over the years, the Greens have campaigned to make Carnival a full public holiday in Portugal, but they were usually blocked by their government partners, the Socialists (2020-02-29, 2017-01-19, 2017-01-12 and 2017-01-02), as was the case today.

Recall that, earlier this year (2021-02-05), even the traditional optional public holiday for Carnival, on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, was canceled by the government of Portugal "because the country is in lockdown".

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