Hey buddies, what’s up? Let’s learn a little bit more about Brazilian culture in today’s free Portuguese lesson for foreigners? A new year has started and it’s typical among Brazilians to check the calendar for holidays in Brazil, and also Rio de Janeiro’s holidays.
Can you talk about how to spend your vacations in Portuguese? Learn that in this Dica. Do you know the most important Brazil holidays? No? So, to keep you updated, here are the Brazilian holidays for 2021. Let’s have a look:
Brazil Holidays 2021
|Ano novo||New year||Holiday||January 1st|
|Carnaval||Carnival (Mardi Gras)||Holiday||February 16th and 17th*|
|Dia Internacional da Mulher||International Women’s
|Commemorative Date||March 8th|
|Sexta-feira Santa||Good Friday||Holiday||April 2nd (Friday before Easter)|
|Páscoa||Easter||Holiday||Sunday, April 4th|
|Dia do trabalho||Labor day||Holiday||May 1st|
|Dia das mães||Mother’s day||Commemorative Date||May 9th (2nd Sunday in May)|
|Corpus Christi||Corpus Christi||Holiday||June 3rd|
|Dia dos namorados||Valentine’s day||Commemorative Date||June 12th|
|Festas juninas||June parties||Commemorative Date||June|
|Dia dos pais||Father’s day||Commemorative Date||August 8th (2nd Sunday of August)|
|Dia da Independência||Independence Day||Holiday||September 7th|
|Nossa Senhora de Aparecida||Our Lady Aparecida Day||Holiday||October 12th|
|Dia das crianças||Children’s day||Commemorative Date||October 12th|
|Dia dos professores||Teachers’ day||Holiday for schools||October 15th|
|Dia do Comércio||Commerce day||Holiday for stores||October 18th|
|Dia do Servidor Público||Civil Servants Day||Holiday for public services||October 28th|
|Finados||Day of the Dead (All Soul’s Day)||Holiday||November 2nd|
|Dia da República||Proclamation of the Republic||Holiday||November 15th|
|Consciência Negra||Black Consciousness Day||Holiday in some states (Rio de Janeiro)||November 20th|
*The famous carnival holiday may have it’s date changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On commemorative dates everything works normally in Brazil, but on holidays Brazilians have a day off. In addition to the national holidays, Rio de Janeiro has its own holidays! Take a look:
Rio de Janeiro Holidays
Take a look at some of the Rio de Janeiro holidays, they are not celebrated nationally but only for this city:
|Dia de São Sebastião||Saint Sebastian’s Day||Holiday||January 20th|
|Dia de São Jorge||Saint George’s Day||Holiday||April 23rd|
Brazil holidays: Feriadão
Here in Brazil there is something we call Feriadão. It means a Big Holiday and it happens when the holiday comes next to the weekend. If a holiday falls on a Thursday, for example, most of Brazilians won’t work on Friday, if their company agrees. If the holiday is on a Tuesday, Brazilians will usually take the Monday off, it’s especially common in schools and small offices. Is there anything like that in your country?
In Brazil, when you complete a year in your job you have the right to take one month off work and go vacation. Of course the schedule of the vacation is agreed between the company and the employee. But the majority our vacations are between December and February, and people usually take that time to travel.
Now we know the most important holidays, and the holidays in Brazil in 2021. Did you know anything about Brazil’s national holidays before reading our Dica?
Are any of these dates the same in your country? Which ones?
That’s it for now!
See you soon!
Hugs from Rio & Learn!