Public Holidays in Portugal for 2019
Portugal is an extremely catholic country, and most of its public holidays are religious. Tourists and ex-pats must take note of these public holidays. That is because the majority of the shops are closed the entire day. Also, public services like transportation have different operating times.
A lot of the bank holidays are national, but only some regions celebrate it. Unlike a lot of other countries, the holidays in Portugal are only observed on days they fall. Therefore, if it falls on a Sunday, then it does not get moved to the next weekday. Besides, some festivals are widely celebrated, which are not considered official holidays.
If you are planning to start a business in Portugal, you must be aware of the holidays and what you must do as an employer.
What Employers Must Know About Portugal Public Holidays
Aside from statutory and public holidays, employees may be given leave so they can observe regional or municipal holidays. Other holidays may be followed based on the employer’s discretion, based on the employment contract. Usually, Shrove Tuesday is celebrated either in February or March based on the calendar year.
A lot of employees may observe religious holidays, but these are not necessarily considered public holidays.
Employees must be given at least 22 days of annual leave, and this is not including public holidays. It is the employer’s choice if they want to give more leave than the minimum, but in different cases, the 22 days are going to be accrued if they do not use it.
In case the employee must work on any national holiday or rest day, the compensation is a lot higher than what the regular pay rate is.
Dates of the Portugal Public Holiday 2019
|1 January||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||National|
|14 February||Thursday||Valentine’s Day||Observance|
|5 March||Tuesday||Carnival / Shrove Tuesday||Optional|
|19 March||Tuesday||St. Joseph’s Day||Municipal|
|19 March||Tuesday||Father’s Day||Observance|
|20 March||Wednesday||March Equinox||Season|
|31 March||Sunday||Daylight Saving Time starts||Clock change/Daylight Saving Time|
|19 April||Friday||Good Friday||National|
|21 April||Sunday||Easter Sunday||National|
|25 April||Thursday||Liberty Day||National|
|28 April||Sunday||Our Lady of Mércoles||Municipal|
|1 May||Wednesday||Labor Day / May Day||National|
|5 May||Sunday||Mother’s Day||Observance|
|12 May||Sunday||St. Joana’s Day||Municipal|
|22 May||Wednesday||Leiria Day||Municipal|
|23 May||Thursday||Portalegre Day||Municipal|
|30 May||Thursday||Ascension Day||Municipal|
|10 June||Monday||Portugal Day||Regional|
|10 June||Monday||Azores Day||National|
|13 June||Thursday||St. Anthony’s Day||Municipal|
|20 June||Thursday||Corpus Christi||National|
|21 June||Friday||June Solstice||Season|
|24 June||Monday||St. John’s Day||Municipal|
|29 June||Saturday||St. Peter’s Day||Municipal|
|4 July||Thursday||St. Elizabeth’s Day||Municipal|
|15 August||Thursday||Assumption of Mary||National|
|20 August||Tuesday||Our Lady of Sorrows||Municipal|
|22 August||Thursday||Our Lady of Graces||Municipal|
|7 September||Saturday||Faro Day||Municipal|
|5 October||Saturday||Republic Implantation||National|
|27 October||Sunday||Daylight Saving Time ends||Clock change/Daylight Saving Time|
|1 November||Friday||All Saints’ Day||National|
|27 November||Wednesday||Foral of Sancho I||Municipal|
|1 December||Sunday||Restoration of Independence||National|
|8 December||Sunday||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||National|
|22 December||Sunday||December Solstice||Season|
|24 December||Tuesday||Christmas Eve||Observance|
|25 December||Wednesday||Christmas Day||National|
|31 December||Tuesday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
Benefits of Employees During Portugal Public Holidays
An employee can partially renounce their rights to taking holidays if she has already received additional remuneration, and the holiday remuneration of the bonus that was received. The employer must take at least 20 days of holiday a year.
Holiday compensation depends on the employment terms and length of their employment. The supplements of statutory pay that the labor code established allows an employee who is working on a holiday to receive a 100% increase in their salary per hour of work.
Doing Business in Portugal
Portugal has a sustained export growth that reflects a favorable economy with good financial environment and maintenance of the gains in its global market share. They also shifted domestic demands.
The export behavior of goods and services have been one of the most important aspects of the Portuguese economy’s adjustment process. It provides a marked reorientation of productive resources to the sectors that have more exposure to international competition.
Portugal respects the age and position of a person, and in this society, status is very important. You can plan your marketing based on this.
Now you know why setting up a business in Portugal is an excellent idea.