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Portuguese government eliminates 2 religious holidays

May 09, 2012

The government of Portugal has announced plans to eliminate 4 public holidays. The government chose the dates only after consultations with the Holy See.

In a bid to provide some stimulation for the country’s sagging economy, the Portuguese leadership decided to remove several holidays from the national calendar, which had called for 14 full holidays, including religious feasts as well as national observances.

After talks with the Vatican, the government chose to remove two religious and two secular feasts. The country’s calendar will no longer include public holidays for the feasts of All Saints and Corpus Christi. Also removed from the calendar were the anniversaries of the Portuguese republic (October 1) and of independence from Spain (December 1).


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