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

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Switzerland : 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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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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referendum*Sunday March 4, 2018Special Events 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Friday March 16, 2018Special Events 
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Daylight Saving Time*Sunday March 25, 2018Special Events 
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Passover**Friday March 30, 2018cards/flowers 
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Easter**Sunday April 1, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday*Monday April 2, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Ascension*Thursday May 10, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Mothers' Day*Sunday May 13, 2018cards/flowers 
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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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Parliament recess (end)*Monday May 28, 2018Special Events 
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Parliament recess (end)Monday May 28, 2018Special Events 
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Fathers' DaySunday June 3, 2018cards/flowers 
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Tour de Suisse**Saturday June 9, 2018Sports events 
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referendum*Sunday June 10, 2018Special Events 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)**Friday June 15, 2018cards/flowers 
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Parliament recess (beginning)*Friday June 15, 2018Special Events 
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Fête de la Musique*Thursday June 21, 2018Culture 
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Confederation Day*Wednesday August 1, 2018National Day 
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Rosh Hashanah**Monday September 10, 2018cards/flowers 
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Parliament recess (end)*Monday September 10, 2018Special Events 
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Repentance Day*Sunday September 16, 2018Culture 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Friday September 21, 2018Special Events 
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referendum*Sunday September 23, 2018Special Events 
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Referendum -
Sunday March 4, 2018

Special Events : This date is being reserved for a potential popular referendum. Depending on popular demand, there may or may not be a referendum on this day. To view whether and how these dates were used, please go to http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/pore/va/liste.html (French) or http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/pore/va/liste.html (German)


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday March 16, 2018

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Daylight Saving Time -
Sunday March 25, 2018

Special Events : At 1:00 am local times


Passover -
Friday March 30, 2018

cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday


Easter -
Sunday April 1, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Easter Monday -
Monday April 2, 2018

Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.


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.


Mothers' Day -
Sunday May 13, 2018

cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914


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.


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday May 28, 2018

Special Events : Https://www.parlament.ch/


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday May 28, 2018

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Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 3, 2018

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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


Referendum -
Sunday June 10, 2018

Special Events : This date is being reserved for a potential popular referendum. Depending on popular demand, there may or may not be a referendum on this day. To view whether and how these dates were used, please go to http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/pore/va/liste.html (French) or http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/pore/va/liste.html (German)


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday June 15, 2018

cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday June 15, 2018

Special Events : Https://www.parlament.ch


Fête de la Musique -
Thursday June 21, 2018

Culture : The whole night is dedicated to amateur and professional musicians who are welcome to play anywhere in the country. Since 1981. More than 700 cities across 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Japan celebrate World Music Day today.


Confederation Day -
Wednesday August 1, 2018

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.


Rosh Hashanah -
Monday September 10, 2018

cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday September 10, 2018

Special Events : Https://www.parlament.ch


Repentance Day -
Sunday September 16, 2018

Culture : A day of prayer to God against poor harvest.


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday September 21, 2018

Special Events :


Referendum -
Sunday September 23, 2018

Special Events : This date is being reserved for a potential popular referendum. Depending on popular demand, there may or may not be a referendum on this day. To view whether and how these dates were used, please go to http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/pore/va/liste.html (French) or http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/pore/va/liste.html (German)