There are 13 public holidays in Rio de Janeiro, roughly an average of one per month. July and August have none. On the other hand, November alone has three!


See below the public holiday dates in Rio de Janeiro:

January 1 – New Year’s Day

January 20 – Saint Sebastian (Rio’s anniversary)

February or March – Carnival Monday before Mardi Gras (it varies every year) and Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter) until noon.

April 21 – Tiradentes’ Day

April 23 – Saint Jorge

May 1 – Labor Day

June 3 – Corpus Christ

September 7
– Independence Day

October 12 – Our Lady of Aparecida, Patron Saint of Brazil (also children’s day)

November 2 – All Souls Day

November 15 – Proclamation of the Republic Day

November 20 – Zumbi (Black People Consciousness)

December 25 – Christmas Day


Here is a list of what is closed and what is opened on public holidays in Rio de Janeiro:

What is CLOSED on public holidays


Exchange Bureau

Post Offices


What is OPENED on public holidays




Night clubs

Tourist attractions (most of them)

Shopping malls (from 3 to 10 pm)

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