Portugal is easily in the radar of mainstream tourists. Those who want to be free from the crowd, however, can easily escape to the Old World charm of the countryside. Medieval castles and flower-strewn hills await the intrepid explorer, and history aficionados could see monuments to Portugal’s glorious past everywhere.
New Year – Portugal follows the Gregorian calendar, and celebrates the first day of the year with joyous anticipation and loads of pomp.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Carnival – This day in the Portugal calendar 2013 marks the day before the start of Lent, and is celebrated in the same fashion as Brazi’s Rio Carnival (after all, Brazil was once a colony of Portugal) but only more tempered.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Dia da Liberdade
Freedom Day – This day in the Portugal calendar 2013 marks the end of dictatorship that was toppled in the 1974 Revolution.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Good Friday – The Portuguese commemorate this day as the death of their Savior on the cross.
Friday, 29 April 2013
Easter – Portuguese Catholics and Christians alike rejoice as their Savior is risen on the third day after his crucifixion.
Sunday, 31 April 2013
Dia do Trabalhador
Labor Day – Portugal honors its laborers’ contribution to the economic welfare of the country and are recognized on this day.
Monday, 1 May 2013
Dia dos Açores
Azores Day – This day celebrates the political autonomy of Azores in 1976.
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas
Portugal Day – This day commemorates the death of a national literary luminary Luis de Camoes who wrote “The Lusiads” which celebrate the achievement and history of the country.
Monday, 10 June 2013
Dia da Madeira
Madeira Day – This day celebrates the granting of autonomy to the Madeira Island in 1976.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Implantação da República
Republic Day – This day celebrates the end of monarch rule and the start of the country as a republic.
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Todos os Santos
All Saints’ Day – Like all other Christian nations around the world, Portugal considers Todos os Santos a national holiday. On this day in the Portugal calendar 2013, relatives pay respects to their dead, clean their graveyards, and offer food and prayers.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Restauração da Independência
Restoration of Independence – On this day, the Iberian Union was dissolved and Portuguese reclaimed independence from Spain.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Immaculate Conception Day – This is the day when the Virgin Mary was thought to have been conceived. The Portuguese are devout Marians. After all, they brought Catholicism to the rest of the world.
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Christmas Day – Portugal joins the rest of the Christendom in the celebration of the birth of their savior.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy Portugal Holidays in 2013. .!