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

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Switzerland (Zürich) : 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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Tour de Suisse**Saturday June 9, 2018Sports events 
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summer holiday (beginning)Friday July 13, 2018School holidays 
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summer holiday (end)Monday August 20, 2018School holidays 
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Knabenschiessen**Monday September 10, 2018Secular holiday 
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fall holiday (beginning)Friday October 5, 2018School holidays 
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fall holiday (end)Monday October 22, 2018School holidays 
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Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur**Wednesday November 7, 2018Culture 
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Turnip lantern procession*Sunday November 11, 2018Culture 
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Christmas holiday (beginning)Friday December 21, 2018School holidays 
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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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Tour de Suisse -
Saturday June 9, 2018

Sports events : Lasts 1 week - www.tourdesuisse.ch/ June 9, 2018-1. Stage: Frauenfeld/Frauenfeld
June 10, 2018-2. Stage: Frauenfeld/Frauenfeld
June11, 2018-3. Stage: Oberstammheim/Gansingen
June 12, 2018-4. Stage: Gansingen/Gstaad
June 13, 2018-5. Stage: Gstaad/Leukerbad
June 14, 2018-6. StageFiesch/Gommiswald
June 15, 2018-7. Stage: Eschenbach/Atzmännig-Arosa
June 16, 2018-8. Stage! Bellinzona/Bellinzona
June 17, 2018-9. Stage: Bellinzona/Bellinzona 2018 edition confirmed


St Alban -
Saturday June 22, 2019

Culture : The Albanifest , the largest annual festival in a historic town in Switzerland, is named after St Alban, one of the city's four saints, is held here, over three days. Although a recent creation, the festival celebrates the granting of a charter to the town in 1264 by Rudolf of Habsburgh.


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday July 13, 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 20, 2018

School holidays :


Knabenschiessen -
Monday September 10, 2018

Secular holiday : The prize-shooting for 12 to 16 year old is one of the oldest festivals in Zurich. A marksman king or queen is chosen. Zürich only


Fall holiday (beginning) -
Friday October 5, 2018

School holidays :


Fall holiday (end) -
Monday October 22, 2018

School holidays :


Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur -
Wednesday November 7, 2018

Culture : Http://www.kurzfilmtage.ch in Winterthur 2018 edition confirmed


Turnip lantern procession -
Sunday November 11, 2018

Culture : Children hollow out turnips and carve them into lanterns, later putting candles in them and carrying them through the dark streets to the sound of musical accompaniment. The procession often finishes with a drink or some hot food. The custom is organised by sport and community associations, residents' associations, church groups, schools and kindergartens.


Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 21, 2018

School holidays :


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.