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Switzerland : 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 current 2 months



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Good Friday*Friday April 10, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Easter**Sunday April 12, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday*Monday April 13, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Passover**Wednesday April 15, 2020cards/flowers 
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Mothers' Day*Sunday May 10, 2020cards/flowers 
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referendum*Sunday May 17, 2020Special Events 
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Ascension*Thursday May 21, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)**Sunday May 24, 2020cards/flowers 
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Parliament recess (end)*Monday May 25, 2020Special Events 
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Parliament recess (end)Monday May 25, 2020Special Events 
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Pentecost**Sunday May 31, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday*Monday June 1, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Tour de Suisse*Saturday June 6, 2020Sports events 
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Fathers' DaySunday June 7, 2020cards/flowers 
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Parliament recess (beginning)*Friday June 19, 2020Special Events 
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Fête de la Musique*Sunday June 21, 2020Culture 
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Good Friday -
Friday April 10, 2020

Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.


Easter -
Sunday April 12, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Easter Monday -
Monday April 13, 2020

Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.


Passover -
Wednesday April 15, 2020

cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday


Mothers' Day -
Sunday May 10, 2020

cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914


Referendum -
Sunday May 17, 2020

Special Events : This date is being reserved for a potential popular referendum. Depending on popular demand, there may or may not be a referendum on this day. To view whether and how these dates were used, please go to http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/pore/va/liste.html (French) or http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/pore/va/liste.html (German)


Ascension -
Thursday May 21, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Sunday May 24, 2020

cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday May 25, 2020

Special Events : Https://www.parlament.ch/


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday May 25, 2020

Special Events :


Pentecost -
Sunday May 31, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Whit Monday -
Monday June 1, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.


Tour de Suisse -
Saturday June 6, 2020

Sports events : Lasts 1 week - www.tourdesuisse.ch/ 2020 edition confirmed


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 7, 2020

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Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday June 19, 2020

Special Events : Https://www.parlament.ch


Fête de la Musique -
Sunday June 21, 2020

Culture : The whole night is dedicated to amateur and professional musicians who are welcome to play anywhere in the country. Since 1981. More than 700 cities across 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Japan celebrate World Music Day today.