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Switzerland (Geneva)'s public holidays and bank closings in 2016

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complete calendar of public, bank holidays and days of bank closure during the current 2 months bank holidays (days when banks are closed) Switzerland (Geneva)'s bank holidays (days when banks are closed) in 2016



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Internet domain: .ch - Telephone code: +41 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (DST: yes)
European Truck Ban: 22:00 to 05:00 week nights, 00:00 to 24:00 on Sundays, public holidays & vacations departures/returns
Currency: Franc (CHF) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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New Year's Day**Friday January 1, 2016Secular holiday 
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Christmas Day*Sunday December 25, 2016Catholic or protestant 
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Restoration of the Republic**Saturday December 31, 2016Secular holiday 
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New Year's Day -
Monday January 1, 2018

Secular holiday : In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Christmas Day -
Monday December 25, 2017

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day


Restoration of the Republic -
Sunday December 31, 2017

Secular holiday : Only in Geneva