There are a number of public holidays in Portugal, held of course on the same date every year (unless the date falls on a Sunday)

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Public  Holidays in Portugal are a mix of Catholic, town, city, regional and national celebrations.

The main public holiday dates include:

  • 1 January, New Year’s Day (Ano Novo)
  • Carnival (Carnaval) – an annual festival that ends on Shrove Tuesday (called Fat Tuesday in Madeira – Terça-feira Gorda in Portuguese), the day before Ash Wednesday.
  • Good Friday (Sexta-feira Santa)
  • Easter (Pàscoa)
  • 28 April, Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade) – this celebrates the 1974 Revolution that ended the Dictatorship and started the Democracy
  • 1 May, Labour Day (Dia do Trabalhador) – similar to Labor Day in the States
  • 1 June, Azores Day (Dia dos Açores) – celebrated in Azores
  • 10 June, Portugal Day (Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas) – National Day
  • 1 July – Madeira Day (Dia de Madeira) – celebrated in Madeira Island
  • 15 August – Assumption (Assunção de Nossa Senhora) – a religious account of taking up of Mary into heaven
  • 8 December – Immaculate Conception (Immaculada Conceição) – according to Roman Catholic Dogma, the conception of the Virgin Mary without any stain of original sin
  • 25 December – Christmas Day (Natal)


There are also a number of saint days celebrated in the different regions of Portugal. On Public holidays, buses and trains usually run to a Sunday timetable. Supermarkets and other shops will usually be open all day, except on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day


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Finding work in Portugal

There are a number of ways that UK expats can fund their lifestyle in Portugal.
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Social life in Portugal

The best way to get settled in Portugal is to find out as much as you can about your new community.
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Heathcare

One of the first things you need to do once you arrive in Portugal is find out where your nearest hospital is.
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Education in Portugal

Are you emigrating to Portugal with school-age children?
 

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