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Switzerland (Basel-Land) : 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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Labor Day/May Day*Friday May 1, 2020Secular holiday 
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Ascension holiday (beginning)Wednesday May 20, 2020School holidays 
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Ascension*Thursday May 21, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Ascension holiday (end)Monday May 25, 2020School holidays 
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Pentecost holiday (beginning)Friday May 29, 2020School holidays 
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Pfingstblitter*Sunday May 31, 2020Culture 
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Whit Monday*Monday June 1, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost holiday (end)Tuesday June 2, 2020School holidays 
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summer holiday (beginning)Friday June 26, 2020School holidays 
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Confederation Day*Saturday August 1, 2020National Day 
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summer holiday (end)Monday August 10, 2020School holidays 
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Labor Day/May Day -
Friday May 1, 2020

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Ascension holiday (beginning) -
Wednesday May 20, 2020

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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.


Ascension holiday (end) -
Monday May 25, 2020

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Pentecost holiday (beginning) -
Friday May 29, 2020

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Pfingstblitter -
Sunday May 31, 2020

Culture : The forests of Ettingen, Sulz and Gansingen are populated by scores of young men scavenging for foliage to tailor and dress themselves in. Fully disguised as bushes, they make their way back to the village. After the church service they roam the area, yelling and whooping. In many places the men show their respect by bowing, and the celebration is accompanied by heavy drinking. In earlier times it was the human bushes that were sunked in the fountain at the end of the festivities, but over time the tables have turned as those bushes began putting their attackers in the fountain instead. Nowadays they try to splash onlookers with wet branches.


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.


Pentecost holiday (end) -
Tuesday June 2, 2020

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Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday June 26, 2020

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Confederation Day -
Saturday August 1, 2020

Secular holiday : Instaured at the end of the XIX century. The date refers to an agreement made at the beginning of August 1291 between Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden. Traditional observance includes bonfires on the the mountains and celebrations in the communities, occasions for patriotic speeches. Modern observance, fostered by the Tourist offices, include fireworks.


Summer holiday (end) -
Monday August 10, 2020

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