National Holidays

Date

English name

Portuguese name

Remarks

January 1

New Year’s Day

Ano Novo/ Confraternização Universal

Celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. Festivities include counting down to midnight on the preceding night. Traditional end of the holiday season.

April 21

Tiradentes’ Day

Dia de Tiradentes

Anniversary of the death of Tiradentes (1792), considered a national martyr for being part of the Inconfidência Mineira, an insurgent movement that aimed to establish an independent Brazilian republic.

May 1

Labour Day

Dia do Trabalhador (Dia do Trabalho)

Celebrates the achievements of workers and the labor movement. This holiday is also known as May Day around the world.

September 7

Independence Day

Dia da Independência

Celebrates the Declaration of Independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.

October 12

Our Lady of Aparecida

Nossa Senhora Aparecida

Commemorates the Virgin Mary as Nossa Senhora da Conceição AparecidaPatron Saint of Brazil. Also celebrated as Children’s Day (Dia das Crianças) on the same date.

November 2

All Souls’ Day

Dia de Finados

Another Christian holiday, it commemorates the faithful departed.

November 15

Republic Day

Proclamação da República

Commemorates the end of the Empire of Brazil and the proclamation of the Brazilian Republic on November 15, 1889.

December 25

Christmas Day

Natal

Celebrates the nativity of Jesus.