LISBON, Portugal – Happy days are here again in Portugal — four of them, at least.
The country's new Socialist government got Parliament's approval Friday to discard one of the most unpopular legacies of a recent austerity drive and bring back four public holidays that were cut two years ago.
The decision means holidays this year on All Saints' Day; Corpus Christi; Oct. 5, commemorating the 1910 establishment of the Portuguese Republic; and Dec. 1, marking Portugal's 1640 return to independence after 60 years of Spanish rule.
The holidays were cut by the previous center-right government in an attempt to improve productivity after Portugal's 78 billion-euro ($84.8 billion) bailout in 2011 amid Europe's financial crisis.
But ridding Portugal of austerity is a badge of honor for the government, which took power in November.