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Holidays & Observances in Portugal

Portugal is a country in Western Europe. Its people have always been highly adventurous and curious, so it has been a colonial powerhouse since the 15th century, and has had colonies in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The modern culture of Portugal is influenced by many of these places, but it is also deeply rooted in conservative Christian values. Roman Catholicism is the most common religion in Portugal, practiced by about 95% of the population, so it greatly affects the everyday life of the people. Holidays in Portugal celebrate their great love of Christianity and their rich and long cultural history.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Arbor Day - Portugal Noteworthy & Common
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Assumption of Mary Religious/Beliefs Christianity
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic