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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Brazil. Please scroll down to view.

Brazil, the largest country in South America, offers one of the best employee vacation and holiday packages in the world. Tourism has become one of the leading industries in the country, attracting millions of visitors from around the world on an annual basis. Brazil’s major exports include automobiles, aircraft, textiles and coffee. Many employees work in service-related or manufacturing industries. Brazil is also known for its unique and spectacular cultural celebrations including the world-famous Carnival.

Public holidays in Brazil are regulated by federal, municipal and statewide legislation. Although the majority of public holidays are observed nationwide, each city and state may offer employees time off for local observances and religious celebrations.

Nationwide public holidays in Brazil include: New Year’s Day; Carnival; Tiradentes Day (April 21); Labour Day (May 1); Independence Day (September 7); Our Lady of Aparedica, also known as the celebration of the Patron Saint of Brazil (October 12); All Soul’s Day (November 2); Republic Day (November 15) and Christmas Day. If a national holiday falls on a Sunday, employees are allowed to observe the holiday on the following Monday. General and state elections are considered public holidays, held on the first and last Sundays in October.

If an employee is authorized to work on a public holiday, he or she will be compensated in an amount equal to 100 percent of normal salary.

In March 2014, the Brazilian Ministry of Labour issued new regulations authorizing employees to work on Sundays and public holidays. The general law in Brazil holds that all employees are entitled to one paid day of rest per week, which is typically observed on a Sunday. An exception to the rule pertains to employees working in the service industry, many of whom are required to work on Sundays. Employers are prohibited from requiring employees to work on Sundays or public holidays without prior written authorization from the Ministry of Labour. A business or industry operating on a Sunday must submit a rotating schedule allowing employees at least one paid Sunday off each month.

All Brazilian employees are entitled to a minimum vacation of 30 days during each 12 months of consecutive employment. According to the Federal Constitution, time off is a combination of eight public holidays and the additional 22 days for vacation time and other observances. This provision also provides for mandatory time off for a weekly rest day.

According to a Mercer analysis entitled “2009 Worldwide Benefits and Employment Guidelines,” Brazilian employees are afforded the most paid time off than other employees in the world. Employees are compensated for vacation pay at a rate equal to one and one-third times their regular salary. All employees are entitled to a Christmas bonus equal to a one-month salary.

As in many Latin American countries, employers in private and public sectors value the importance of work-life balance for all employees. A one-month paid vacation, combined with generous compensation for holiday work helps retain loyal, productive and satisfied employees. Brazil, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world is also known as one of the few countries that promotes family values among employees and their extended families.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
21 AprFriTiradentes Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
7 SepThuIndependence Day
12 OctThuOur Lady of Aparecida
2 NovThuAll Souls' Day
15 NovWedRepublic Day
20 NovMonBlack Consciousness Day /
Zumbi dos Palmares Day
(Rio de Janeiro only)
25 DecMonChristmas Day