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


Switzerland (Bern) : 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.
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European Truck Ban: 22:00 to 05:00 week nights, 00:00 to 24:00 on Sundays, public holidays & vacations departures/returns
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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Parliament recess (beginning)*Friday June 15, 2018Special Events 
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Solennität**Monday June 25, 2018Secular holiday 
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summer holiday (beginning)Friday July 6, 2018School holidays 
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Allianz Suisse Tennis Open Gstaad*Monday July 23, 2018Sports events 
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Jungfrau Marathon*Wednesday August 8, 2018Sports events 
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summer holiday (end)Monday August 13, 2018School holidays 
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Parliament recess (end)*Monday September 10, 2018Special Events 
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fall holiday (beginning)Friday September 21, 2018School holidays 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Friday September 21, 2018Special Events 
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fall holiday (end)Monday October 15, 2018School holidays 
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Onion festival*Monday November 26, 2018Culture 
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Christmas holiday (beginning)Friday December 21, 2018School holidays 
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Christmas Eve**Monday December 24, 2018Secular holiday 
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Christmas Day*Tuesday December 25, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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St Stephen's Day**Wednesday December 26, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday June 15, 2018

Special Events : Https://

Solennität -
Monday June 25, 2018

Secular holiday : Festival dedicated since 1729 to the education community Only in Burgdorf

Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday July 6, 2018

School holidays :

Allianz Suisse Tennis Open Gstaad -
Monday July 23, 2018

Sports events : Http:// 2018 edition confirmed

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.

Jungfrau Marathon -
Wednesday August 8, 2018

Sports events : Http:// 2018 edition confirmed
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Summer holiday (end) -
Monday August 13, 2018

School holidays :

Parliament recess (end) -
Monday September 10, 2018

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Fall holiday (beginning) -
Friday September 21, 2018

School holidays :

Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday September 21, 2018

Special Events :

Fall holiday (end) -
Monday October 15, 2018

School holidays :

Onion festival -
Monday November 26, 2018

Culture : Zibelemärit celebrates all things onion - and garlic. Artful wreaths, woven into braids, sometimes mixed with garlic to chase away Evil spirits and all kinds of figures made of onion are there for the taking. Sugar onion wreaths are wrapped around the neck like Hawaiian Leis.

Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 21, 2018

School holidays :

Christmas Eve -
Monday December 24, 2018

Secular holiday : Only in Bern

Christmas Day -
Tuesday December 25, 2018

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 -
Wednesday December 26, 2018

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