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1st - New Year's Day
6th - Epiphany
February or March (4 days prior
to Ash Wednesday) - Carnaval
March or April - Easter
21st - Tiradentes Day
1st - May Day
Corpus Christi
7th - Independence Day
2nd - Our Lady of Aparecida Day
2nd - All Souls' Day
15th - Proclamation Day
25th - Christmas Day

Moveable Public Holidays
Feast 2001 2002 2003 2004
Carnival week (the 5 days before
Ash Wednesday*)
23-27 Feb 8-12 Feb 28 Feb-4 Mar 20-24 Feb
Good Friday** 13 Apr 29 Mar 18 Apr 9 Apr
Easter  15 Apr 31 Mar 20 Apr 11 Apr
Corpus Christi 14 Jun 30 May 19 Jun 10 Jun
*Although Carnaval is only 5 days long officially, it may be difficult to do business during the whole of Lent due to the combination of Carnival and school holidays. Carnival closes down most of Brazil starting the evening of Friday before Ash Wednesday through Wednesday, which is officially a half holiday (opening time at noon). This is true for most places although any shop selling souvenirs, etc that attract tourists will probably be open at least part of the time. Banks close on Shrove Thursday.
**Many businesses close altogether from Holy Thursday and it may be difficult to do business during the whole of Holy Week.
SPECIAL EVENTS: There are a number of lavish festivals throughout the year in Brazil, the two most notable being Bahia's carnival just after Christmas (from December to March) and the carnival in Rio de Janeiro (February), widely regarded as the most spectacular and extravagant in the world. For details of exact dates, and other special events, contact ABOUT FAMILY TRAVEL.
Local Festas
20 January San Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro
25 January Foundation Day, Sao Paulo
2 February Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes Porto Allegre
19 March St Joseph, Fortaleza
29 June Sts Peter and Paul, Sao Paulo
2 July State Independence Day, Salvador
16 July Festa, Recife
15 August Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Belo Horizonte
8 September The Virgin of Victories, Curitiba, Santos, Vitoria
12 October Nossa Senhora da Aparecida (Patron Saint of Brazil), Belem
8 December Immaculate Conception, Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia
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