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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

  • 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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    Friday september 27, 2024Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday november 25, 2024Onion festivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Saturday december 21, 2024Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday december 26, 2024St Stephen's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Wednesday january 1, 2025New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday january 2, 2025BerchtoldstagSecular holiday
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    Monday january 6, 2025Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Fall holiday (beginning)

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    Friday september 27, 2024
    School holidays :

    Onion festival

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    Monday november 25, 2024
    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)

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    Saturday december 21, 2024
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    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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    Thursday december 26, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

    New Year's Day

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    Wednesday january 1, 2025
    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

    Berchtoldstag

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    Thursday january 2, 2025
    Secular holiday : A derivation of Middle High German berhttac or berhteltac, which translated the Greek epiphanias

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Monday january 6, 2025
    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
    Average class size: less than 20
    Usually no school on Saturday
    No uniform required
    University of Bern ranking: Times Higher Education #110/QS ranking #167/Shanghai #101

    We carry confirmed dates till Feb 2028; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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