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Switzerland (Solothurn) : 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 29, 2023Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday september 30, 2023Regional holidaySecular holiday
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    Monday december 25, 2023Dancing banEvents, celebrations...
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday december 26, 2023St Stephen's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday january 1, 2024New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday january 2, 2024BerchtoldstagSecular holiday
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    Monday january 8, 2024Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday january 13, 2024FasnachtEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday february 2, 2024Sports holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday february 19, 2024Sports holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday march 6, 2024Regional holidaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday march 19, 2024St Joseph's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Friday march 29, 2024Dancing banEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday march 29, 2024Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Fall holiday (beginning)

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    Friday september 29, 2023
    School holidays :

    Regional holiday

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    Saturday september 30, 2023
    Secular holiday : St Victor & St Ursus - St. Ursus was a Roman Legionnaire who had turned to Christianity. He was tortured and then was beheaded. He is associated with St. Maurice and Solothurn. In Solothurn, the chapel of St. Peter stands where St. Ursus died. in Solothurn and Bellach only

    Dancing ban

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    Monday december 25, 2023
    Culture : This ban applies to all major religious celebrations, but does not apply in homes

    Christmas Day

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    Monday december 25, 2023
    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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    Tuesday december 26, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

    New Year's Day

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    Monday january 1, 2024
    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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    Tuesday january 2, 2024
    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 8, 2024
    School holidays : Www.so.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
    Average class size: less than 20
    Usually no school on Saturday
    No uniform required

    We carry confirmed dates till Feb 2027; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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    Fasnacht

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    Saturday january 13, 2024
    Culture : Takes plae on the day of Saint Hilarius. The Latin word 'hilaris', meaning cheerful or lively, gives an indication of the joyful celebrations that then follow. 'Hilari' day has marked the beginning of the Fasnacht celebrations since the 17th century, and since 1853 the honour of heralding in Fasnacht on Hilari day has gone to the 'Narrenzunft Honolulu' (Honolulu fool's guild) with their carnival general assembly and subsequent Hilari procession. The head of 'Narrenzunft Honolulu' replaces the mayor, the Rathausgasse's former name of 'Eselsgasse' (donkey lane) is reinstated and Solothurn calls itself Honolulu until Ash Wednesday. www.lebendige-traditionen.ch

    Sports holiday (beginning)

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    Friday february 2, 2024
    School holidays :

    Sports holiday (end)

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    Monday february 19, 2024
    School holidays :

    Regional holiday

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    Wednesday march 6, 2024
    Secular holiday : Fridolinstag in Breitenbach only

    St Joseph's Day

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    Tuesday march 19, 2024
    Catholic or protestant :

    Dancing ban

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    Friday march 29, 2024
    Culture :

    Good Friday

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    Friday march 29, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.