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Holidays in Portuguese

Oi! Tudo bom? Welcome to the Rocket Portuguese lesson on Holidays. Brazil is a mainly Catholic country and as such, there are many férias celebrated throughout the year. The most famous and probably most important is Carnaval – or what Americans know as Mardi Gras. It's celebrated in February and starts the Catholic time of sacrifice called Lent. At this time, the streets fill with colors and people dancing.

Today we’ll go over this and several other holidays in Portuguese that you might find just as important as the people in Portuguese-speaking countries do.

Resources for further reading:

Pronouncing holidays in Portuguese

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Primeiro de abril (dia da mentira)

April Fool's Day



Dia dos Pais

Father's Day





Dia das Mães

Mother's Day


Mardi Gras

Ano Novo / Réveillon

New Year's Day

Dia do Trabalhador

Labor Day

Dia de Ação de Graças


Nossa Senhora de Aparecida

Children's Day

Dia dos Namorados (celebrated on June 12th)

Valentine's Day

Dia da Independência (Brazil’s Independence Day is on Sep. 7th)

Independence Day

That’s it for this lesson on holidays in Portuguese. I hope you learned a lot! To practice these new words, try marking your calendar with the holidays and important days in your life in Portuguese. You’ll start to remember them automatically after some practice!

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