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Switzerland (Geneva) : 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 june 28, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday august 1, 2024Confederation DayNational Day
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    Monday august 19, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday september 5, 2024Geneva ThanksgivingSecular holiday
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    Friday october 18, 2024Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday october 28, 2024Fall holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday december 20, 2024Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday december 31, 2024Restoration of the RepublicSecular holiday
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    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday june 28, 2024
    School holidays :

    Confederation Day

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    Thursday august 1, 2024
    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.

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday august 19, 2024
    School holidays :

    Geneva Thanksgiving

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    Thursday september 5, 2024
    Secular holiday : A religious holiday with a ecumenical background instaured in the 19th century. No relation with the American Thanksgiving.

    Fall holiday (beginning)

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    Friday october 18, 2024
    School holidays :

    Fall holiday (end)

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    Monday october 28, 2024
    School holidays :

    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday december 20, 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

    Restoration of the Republic

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    Tuesday december 31, 2024
    Secular holiday :