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Portugal Public Holidays 2017

Today – 17 December 2017 – is not a holiday in Portugal.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
25 AprTueLiberation Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 JunSatNational Day
15 JunThuCorpus Christi
15 AugTueAssumption Day
5 OctThuRepublic Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
1 DecFriIndependence Restoration Day
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception
25 DecMonChristmas Day

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In addition to public or statutory holidays, employees may be granted leave to observe local municipal or regional holidays. The additional holidays may be honoured at the discretion of the employer, as set forth in the employment contract. Shrove Tuesday, a celebratory feast, is usually observed in February or March, depending on the calendar year.

Although many employees are permitted to observe religious holidays, they are not necessarily designated as public holidays in Portugal. Portugal is a deeply Catholic country in which employees honour many saints. Saint Mary’s Day, celebrated on January 1 coincides with New Year’s Day. Regional religious holidays, named after many of the apostles attending the Last Supper include: St. Joseph’s Day; St. Anthony’s Day; St. John’s Day; St. Peter’s Day; St. Matthew Day and St. Elisabeth Day.

If an employee is required to work on a national holiday or a weekly day of rest, usually a Sunday, compensation is significantly higher than the normal pay rate. Holiday compensation is determined by terms of the employment contract and length of employment. Statutory pay supplements established by the Labor Code allow that an employee who is required to work on a holiday is entitled to receive an additional 100 percent increase in salary for each hour of work.

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