Thursday May 5, 2016
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 8, 2016
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.
Sunday May 15, 2016
Whit Monday -
Monday May 16, 2016
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.
Sunday June 5, 2016
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)
Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 5, 2016
Tour de Suisse -
Saturday June 11, 2016
Sports events : Lasts 1 week - www.tourdesuisse.ch/ Champagne
Fête de la Musique -
Tuesday June 21, 2016
Culture : The whole night is dedicated to amateur and professional musicians who are welcome to play anywhere in the country. Since 1981.