Public Holidays in Brazil in 2016

Brazil List of national public holidays of Brazil in 2016

Day Date Holiday Comments
Friday January 01 New Years Day Dia Mundial da Paz
Monday February 08 Carnival Ponto facultativo
Tuesday February 09 Carnival Ponto facultativo
Wednesday February 10 Ash Wednesday Ponto facultativo
Friday March 25 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
Thursday April 21 Tiradentes Day Tiradentes
Sunday May 01 Labour Day Dia do Trabalho
Thursday May 26 Corpus Christi Ponto facultativo. Second Thursday after Whitsun
Saturday July 09 State Rebellion Day São Paulo only. Anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution of 1932
Thursday August 04 Public Holiday Rio de Janeiro only. For Olympic Torch relay
Friday August 05 Public Holiday Rio de Janeiro only. For Olympic opening ceremony
Thursday August 18 Public Holiday Rio de Janeiro only. For Olympic marathon race
Monday August 22 Public Holiday Rio de Janeiro only. For Olympic closing ceremony
Wednesday September 07 Independence Day Declared Independence from Portugal on this date in 1822
Wednesday October 12 Lady of Aparecida Holy Marys Day/Nossa Senhora da Aparecida
Friday October 28 Civil Servants Day Government and Banks only
Wednesday November 02 All Souls Day Dia de Finados
Tuesday November 15 Republic Day Proclamação da República
Sunday November 20 Zumbi dos Palmares Black Consciousness Day
Sunday December 25 Christmas Day Natal


National Holiday Regional Holiday Government/Public Sector


  • Ponto facultativos are types of holidays unique to Brazil. It is up to an employer whether they allow employees to take this day. In practice, the holidays are widely observed by the public sector and large companies.
  • Half Day holidays are observed on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and New Year's Eve (December 31st)

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