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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



For local celebrations, please check the related canton entry.
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**Monday January 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Christmas holiday (end)**Monday January 8, 2018School holidays 
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Vogel Gryff*Saturday January 20, 2018Culture 
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Christmas holiday (beginning)Friday December 22, 2017School holidays 
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Christmas Day*Monday December 25, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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St Stephen's Day**Tuesday December 26, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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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 holiday (end) -
Monday January 8, 2018

School holidays : Www.baselland.ch
calendar 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
University of Basel ranking: Times Higher Education #98/QS ranking #149/Shanghai #101
confirmed till Aug 2020


Vogel Gryff -
Saturday January 20, 2018

Culture : En fin de matinée, le 13, le 20 ou le 27 janvier, un radeau descend le Rhin avec à bord un équipage inhabituel: deux tambours, deux porte-drapeaux, deux canonniers tirant sans cesse des salves et le personnage principal, le Wilde Mann (le sauvage) qui brandit un sapin déraciné et sautille, le regard braqué du côté du Petit-Bâle sur la rive droite du Rhin. En aval du Mittlere Brücke (pont du milieu), il est accueilli par deux autres curieux individus: un lion se trémoussant sur deux pattes et un oiseau avec un grand bec.


Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 22, 2017

School holidays :


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


St Stephen's Day -
Tuesday December 26, 2017

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