Brazil Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Brazil or officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America
  • Public holidays in Brazil can be categorize to federal, statewide and municipal levels
  • Each state and city may declare employees time off for local observances and religious celebrations
  • Carnival, Good Friday and Corpus Christi are optional holidays, known as Ponto facultativos
  • Ponto facultativos are types of holidays unique to Brazil. It is up to employer whether they allow employees to take this day. In practice, the holidays are widely observed by the public sector and large companies.
  • If national public holiday falls on a Sunday, employees are allow to observe following Monday as a holiday
  • General election and state election are considered as public holiday, which usually held on first and last Sunday in October
  • Half Day holidays are observed on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st)

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Ano Novo) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
27 FebMonCarnivil of Brazil (Carnaval do Brasil) - Is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon (51 days before Easter) and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
28 FebTueCarnival Tuesday - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ponto facultativo
1 MarWedAsh Wednesday (Ponto facultativo) - Marks the start of Lent in the Western church
14 AprFriGood Friday - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
21 AprFriTiradentes Day (Dia de Tiradentes) - Commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier
1 MayMonLabor Day (Dia do Trabalho) - Celebrates the achievements of workers and the labour movement
15 JunThursCorpus Christi - Celebrating the belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist. Second Thursday after Whitsun
9 JulSunState Rebellion Day - Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution of 1932, , the name given to the uprising of the population of the Brazilian state of São Paulo against the 1930 coup d'état when Getúlio Vargas forcibly assumed the nation's Presidency; Vargas was supported by the military and the political elites of Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraíba. São Paulo only
7 SeptThursIndependence Day (Dia da Independência) - Celebrates Brazil's declaration of independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822
12 OctThursLady of Aparecida (Nossa Senhora de Aparecida) - Aparecida Virgin is the principal patroness of Brazil, her image is widely venerated by Brazilian Catholics
27 OctFriCivil Servants Day - Some government agencies are closed, banks may close half-day or even the full day. Date changes according to the year
1 NovWedAll Saints Day (Defuncts' Day) - Also known as All Hallows' Day. Is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown
2 NovThursAll Souls Day (Dia de Finados) - Christian Holiday. Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
15 NovWedRepublic Proclamation Day (Proclamação da República) - Commemorates the end of the Empire of Brazil and the proclamation of the Brazilian Republic on November 15, 1889
20 NovMonZumbi dos Palmares (Black Consciousness Day) - He was an important figure in Brazilian history, being one of the pioneers of resistance to slavery. Rio de Janeiro only
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Natal) - Christian celebrates the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanWedNew Year's Day - Dia Mundial da Paz
3 MarMonCarnival - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
4 MarTueCarnival - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
5 MarWedAsh Wednesday
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonTiradentes Day - Tiradentes
1 MayThursLabor Day - Dia do Trabalho
18 JunWedPublic Holiday - Afternoon, Rio de Janeiro only. For World Cup match.
19 JunThursCorpus Christi
25 JunWedPublic Holiday - Afternoon, Rio de Janeiro only. For World Cup match.
4 JulFriPublic Holiday - Rio de Janeiro only. World Cup quarter final
9 JulWedState Rebellion Day - São Paulo only. Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution of 1932
7 SeptSunIndependence Day - Declared Independence from Portugal on this date in 1822
12 OctSunLady of Aparecida - Holy Marys Day/Nossa Senhora da Aparecida
28 OctTueCivil Servants Day - Government and Banks only
1 NovSatAll Saints Day - Defuncts' Day
2 NovSunAll Souls Day - Dia de Finados
15 NovSatRepublic Day - Proclamação da República
20 NovThursZumbi dos Palmares - Black Consciousness Day
25 DecThursChristmas Day - Natal

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day - Dia Mundial da Paz
16 FebMonCarnival - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
17 FebTueCarnival - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
18 FebWedAsh Wednesday
3 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprTueTiradentes Day - Tiradentes
23 AprThursSão Jorge - Rio de Janeiro. Government and schools
1 MayFriLabor Day - Dia do Trabalho
4 JunThursCorpus Christi
9 JulThursState Rebellion Day - São Paulo only. Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution of 1932
7 SeptMonIndependence Day - Declared Independence from Portugal on this date in 1822
12 OctMonLady of Aparecida - Holy Marys Day/Nossa Senhora da Aparecida
28 OctWedCivil Servants Day - Government and Banks only
1 NovSunAll Saints Day - Defuncts' Day
2 NovMonAll Souls Day - Dia de Finados
15 NovSunRepublic Day - Proclamação da República
20 NovFriZumbi dos Palmares - Black Consciousness Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day - Natal

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day - Dia Mundial da Paz
8 FebMonCarnival - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
9 FebTueCarnival - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
10 FebWedAsh Wednesday
25 MarFriGood Friday
21 AprThursTiradentes Day - Tiradentes
1 MaySunLabor Day - Dia do Trabalho
26 MayThursCorpus Christi
9 JulSatState Rebellion Day - São Paulo only. Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution of 1932
7 SeptWedIndependence Day - Declared Independence from Portugal on this date in 1822
12 OctWedLady of Aparecida - Holy Marys Day/Nossa Senhora da Aparecida
28 OctFriCivil Servants Day - Government and Banks only
1 NovTueAll Saints Day - Defuncts' Day
2 NovWedAll Souls Day - Dia de Finados
15 NovTueRepublic Day - Proclamação da República
20 NovSunZumbi dos Palmares - Black Consciousness Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day - Natal

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day (Dia Mundial da Paz)
12 FebMonCarnival Monday (Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ponto facultativo)
13 FebTueCarnival Tuesday (Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ponto facultativo)
14 FebWedAsh Wednesday (Ponto facultativo)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
21 AprSatTiradentes Day (Tiradentes)
1 MayTueLabor Day (Dia do Trabalho)
31 MayThursCorpus Christi (Ponto facultativo. Second Thursday after Whitsun)
9 JulMonState Rebellion Day (São Paulo only. Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution of 1932)
7 SeptFriIndependence Day (Declared Independence from Portugal on this date in 1822)
12 OctFriLady of Aparecida (Holy Marys Day/Nossa Senhora da Aparecida)
29 OctMonCivil Servants Day (Government and Banks only)
2 NovFriAll Souls Day (Dia de Finados)
15 NovThursRepublic Day (Proclamação da República)
20 NovTueZumbi dos Palmares (Black Consciousness Day)
25 DecTueChristmas Day (Natal)

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