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

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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 next 3 months



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
Currency: Franc (CHF) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Name Date Kind
New Year's DaySaturday January 1, 2022Secular holiday 
Berchtoldstag**Monday January 3, 2022Secular holiday 
Christmas holiday (end)**Monday January 10, 2022School holidays 
fall holiday (end)Monday October 18, 2021School holidays 
Onion festival*Monday November 22, 2021Culture 
Christmas holiday (beginning)Thursday December 23, 2021School holidays 
Christmas Day*Saturday December 25, 2021Catholic or protestant 
St Stephen's Day**Sunday December 26, 2021Catholic or protestant 

New Year's Day -
Saturday January 1, 2022

Secular holiday :


Berchtoldstag -
Monday January 3, 2022

Secular holiday : A derivation of Middle High German berhttac or berhteltac, which translated the Greek epiphanias Only in Zurich, Bern, Luzern, Glarus, Zug, Freiburg, Solothurn, Schaffhau, Aarhau, Thurgau, Waadt. Also concerns Neuenburg and Jura if New Year fell on a Sunday [Wikipedia]


Christmas holiday (end) -
Monday January 10, 2022

School holidays : Www.bern.ch
calendar gazetted 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 Bern ranking: Times Higher Education #110/QS ranking #167/Shanghai #101

Dates confirmed till Sep 2024; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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Fall holiday (end) -
Monday October 18, 2021

School holidays :


Onion festival -
Monday November 22, 2021

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. www.swiss-switzerland.com


Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Thursday December 23, 2021

School holidays :


Christmas Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021

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 -
Sunday December 26, 2021

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