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Switzerland (Zürich) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months



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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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New Year's Day**Friday January 1, 2021Secular holiday 
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New Year's Marathon*Friday January 1, 2021Sports events 
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Christmas holiday (end)**Monday January 4, 2021School holidays 
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fall holiday (beginning)Friday October 2, 2020School holidays 
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fall holiday (end)Monday October 19, 2020School holidays 
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Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur**Wednesday November 4, 2020Culture 
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Turnip lantern procession*Wednesday November 11, 2020Culture 
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Christmas holiday (beginning)Friday December 18, 2020School holidays 
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Christmas Day*Friday December 25, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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St Stephen's Day**Saturday December 26, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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New Year's Day -
Friday January 1, 2021

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


New Year's Marathon -
Friday January 1, 2021

Sports events : Www.neujahrsmarathon.ch/ 2020 edition confirmed


Christmas holiday (end) -
Monday January 4, 2021

School holidays : Www.stadt-zuerich.ch
issued by the Ministry of Education
study programs are not aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process
PISA ranking (average 493): 506
Schooling is mandatory till age 16
Usually no school on Saturday
No uniform required
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ranking: Times Higher Education #22/QS ranking #10/Shanghai #19
confirmed till Sep 2025
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Fall holiday (beginning) -
Friday October 2, 2020

School holidays :


Fall holiday (end) -
Monday October 19, 2020

School holidays :


Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur -
Wednesday November 4, 2020

Culture : Www.kurzfilmtage.ch in Winterthur 2020 edition confirmed


Turnip lantern procession -
Wednesday November 11, 2020

Culture : Children hollow out turnips and carve them into lanterns, later putting candles in them and carrying them through the dark streets to the sound of musical accompaniment. The procession often finishes with a drink or some hot food. The custom is organised by sport and community associations, residents' associations, church groups, schools and kindergartens.


Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 18, 2020

School holidays :


Christmas Day -
Friday December 25, 2020

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


St Stephen's Day -
Saturday December 26, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.