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In Brazil, public holidays may be legislated at the federal, statewide and municipal levels. Most holidays are observed nationwide.[1]

Apart from the yearly official holidays (listed below),[2][3][4] the Constitution of Brazil also establishes that election days are to be considered national holidays as well. General elections are biennially held on the first Sunday of October in the first round, and on the last Sunday of October in the second round. Numerous religious and ethnic holidays are also celebrated in Brazil.

  • Note: The Constitution establishes that electoral days are to be considered national holidays in Brazil. General elections are held on the first Sunday of October, in the first round, and last Sunday of October, in the second round, of election years (every two years).

Unofficial holidays

  • Fat Tuesday, the last day of Carnival. In some places, it's an official municipal holiday, but even where it isn't, many businesses close.
  • Ash Wednesday is a half-holiday: many businesses will stay closed until noon.
  • Good Friday, the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, is a municipal holiday in many places.
  • Dia das Mães, the Brazilian observation of Mother's Day, is celebrated every second Sunday in May.
  • Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday, 60 days after Easter Sunday.
  • Dia dos Namorados, the Brazilian equivalent of St. Valentine's Day, is observed on June 12. On this day, boyfriends and girlfriends

    Apart from the yearly official holidays (listed below),[2][3][4] the Constitution of Brazil also establishes that election days are to be considered national holidays as well. General elections are biennially held on the first Sunday of October in the first round, and on the last Sunday of October in the second round. Numerous religious and ethnic holidays are also celebrated in Brazil.

    Federal law gives each state the right to create one state holiday, and each municipality to create up to four municipal holidays. Some of the more notable ones are:

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