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Switzerland (Basel) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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Switzerland (Basel) : 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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Labor Day/May Day*Tuesday May 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Ascension*Thursday May 10, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost (beginning)Friday May 18, 2018School holidays 
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Pentecost**Sunday May 20, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday*Monday May 21, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost (end)Tuesday May 22, 2018School holidays 
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Art Basel*Thursday June 14, 2018Tradeshows 
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summer holiday (beginning)Friday June 29, 2018School holidays 
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summer holiday (end)Monday August 13, 2018School holidays 
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fall holiday (beginning)Friday September 28, 2018School holidays 
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Basel Marathon*Sunday September 30, 2018Sports events 
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fall holiday (end)Monday October 15, 2018School holidays 
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Swiss Indoors Tennis Basel*Monday October 22, 2018Sports events 
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Labor Day/May Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

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 -
Thursday May 10, 2018

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.


Pentecost (beginning) -
Friday May 18, 2018

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Pentecost -
Sunday May 20, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Whit Monday -
Monday May 21, 2018

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 (end) -
Tuesday May 22, 2018

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Art Basel -
Thursday June 14, 2018

Tradeshows : Http://www.artbasel.com/ 2018 edition confirmed


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday June 29, 2018

School holidays :


Confederation Day -
Thursday August 1, 2019

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 13, 2018

School holidays :


Fall holiday (beginning) -
Friday September 28, 2018

School holidays :


Basel Marathon -
Sunday September 30, 2018

Sports events : Http://www.iwbbaselmarathon.ch/ updated Dec 2014


Fall holiday (end) -
Monday October 15, 2018

School holidays :


Swiss Indoors Tennis Basel -
Monday October 22, 2018

Sports events : Http://www.atptennis.com/ 2018 edition confirmed