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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 next 3 months


Currency: Franc (CHF)
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
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Monday August 15, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Friday September 30, 2022Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday October 17, 2022Fall holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday October 22, 2022Swiss Indoors Tennis BaselSports events
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Friday December 23, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022St Stephen's DayCatholic or protestant
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 9, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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Friday January 20, 2023Vogel GryffEvents, celebrations...
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Friday February 17, 2023Sports holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday February 27, 2023Regional holidayCatholic or protestant
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Summer holiday (end)

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Monday August 15, 2022
School holidays :

Fall holiday (beginning)

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Friday September 30, 2022
School holidays :

Fall holiday (end)

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Monday October 17, 2022
School holidays :

Swiss Indoors Tennis Basel

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Saturday October 22, 2022
Sports events : Www.atptennis.com/ 2022 edition confirmed

Christmas holiday (beginning)

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Friday December 23, 2022
School holidays :

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
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

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Monday December 26, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

New Year's Day

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Sunday January 1, 2023
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Christmas holiday (end)

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Monday January 9, 2023
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

Dates confirmed till Jan 2026; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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Vogel Gryff

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Friday January 20, 2023
Culture : At the end of the morning, on January 13, 20 or 27, a raft descends the Rhine with an unusual crew on board: two drums, two flag bearers, two gunners constantly firing salutes and the main character, the Wilde Mann (the savage) who brandishes an uprooted fir tree and hops, his gaze turned towards Petit-Bâle on the right bank of the Rhine. Downstream from the Mittlere Brücke (middle bridge), it is greeted by two other curious individuals: a lion wiggling on two legs and a bird with a large beak.

Sports holiday (beginning)

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Friday February 17, 2023
School holidays :

Regional holiday

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Monday February 27, 2023
Catholic or protestant : Please check with www.fasnachts-comite.ch (in German) for a list of numerous festivities. It all begins with what is known as the Morgestraich. At exactly 4 a.m., all the lights in the city center go off. Out of the pitch darkness, the sound of drums and piccolos waft through the cold night air. Closer and closer it comes, and a faint light glows in the distance. Suddenly, there they are, coming from all directions, the musicians and marchers of the city’s Fasnacht cliques. Each wears a masks. Some have small lamps on their heads. They carry painted lanterns that mock things that happend during the past year.