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.
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.
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.
Dia da Independência
Celebrates the Declaration of Independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.
Our Lady of Aparecida
Nossa Senhora Aparecida
Commemorates the Virgin Mary as Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida, Patron Saint of Brazil. Also celebrated as Children’s Day (Dia das Crianças) on the same date.
All Souls’ Day
Dia de Finados
Another Christian holiday, it commemorates the faithful departed.
Proclamação da República
Commemorates the end of the Empire of Brazil and the proclamation of the Brazilian Republic on November 15, 1889.
Celebrates the nativity of Jesus.