- Public holidays in Brazil
Dia dos Namorados- not a holiday - celebrated on June 12as the Brazilian equivalent of St. Valentine's Day. On this day, boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, exchange gifts (lingerie, chocolates, and more), cards or a flower bouquet. It is celebrated on the St. Anthony of Padua's day, because, in Brazil, he is considered the patron of who want a loving companion.
Dia das Mães, the Brazilian observation of Mother's Day, is celebrated every second Sunday on May.
Dia dos Pais, the Brazilian observation of Father's Day, is celebrated every second Sunday on August.
* Festa de São João (
Saint John the Baptist) is a holiday celebrated June 24th in many Brazilian cities - especially the one in the Northeast area like Recifeand Maceió.
* Dia das Bruxas (
Halloween) is not an official holiday but is being increasingly celebrated in some of the largest cities on the night of October 31, with costume parties with or without the custom of trick-or-treat. In 2005, some politicians voted for October 31st to be defined the Dia do Saci, referring to the Saci, a Brazilian Folklore image, and aiming to preserve national culture from Halloween, deemed to be an alien non-positive cultural influence.
Dia do Soldado("Soldier's Day") on August 25.
Dia do Índio("Indians' Day") on April 19to celebrate the natives of Brazil *= Francesca Day ! =
Local / Regional Holidays
January 20: Saint Sebastian(São Sebastião), City of Rio de Janeiroonly
January 25: Founding of São Paulo (Aniversário de São Paulo), City of São Pauloonly
February 2: star's birthday* April 23: Saint George(São Jorge), City of Rio de Janeiro only. In 2007 the Governor Sérgio Cabral expanded the holiday to all the State of Rio de Janeiro.
July 9: Constitutionalist Revolution (Revolução Constitucionalista), State of São Pauloonly (São Paulo Stock Exchange and BM&F are closed)
August 15: Our Lady of the Good Trip (Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem), City of Belo Horizonteonly
September 8: Our Lady of the Light in the Pine (Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais), City of Curitibaonly
September 20: Farroupilha's Revolution (Revolução Farroupilha), State of Rio Grande do Sulonly
November 20: Zumbiof Palmares, Black Consciousness Day (Zumbi dos Palmares, Dia da Consciência Negra), States of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro only
December 8: Our Lady of Conceição (Dia de Nossa Senhora da Conceição), State of Pernambuco, City of Belo Horizonte
October 3: Uruaçúand CunhaúMartyrs Day, State of Rio Grande do Norteonly
October 24: founding of Goiânia, State of Goiás only
November 21: Our Lady of Apresentação (Nossa Senhora da Apresentação) Day, City of Natal only
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