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Switzerland (Valais) : 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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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023BerchtoldstagSecular holiday
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    Monday January 9, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday February 12, 2023Mask festivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday February 24, 2023Sports holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday March 13, 2023Sports holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday March 19, 2023St Joseph's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday April 6, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Customary holidayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 17, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday May 12, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday May 18, 2023AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Monday May 22, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday May 28, 2023PentecostCatholic or protestant
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    Monday May 29, 2023Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    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

    Berchtoldstag

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    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)

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    Monday January 9, 2023
    School holidays : Www.vs.ch
    official Canton calendar
    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

    We carry confirmed dates till Dec 2024; 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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    Mask festival

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    Sunday February 12, 2023
    Culture : Tschäggättä: The origins of this tradition are unclear and several hypotheses are formulated: legends relating to brigands disguised as monsters, protest against the Valais policy in 1550 with disguises, temporary symbol of the return of the dead among the living or fight against the bad ones minds. We sometimes meet the term Roitschäggätta, King meaning smoke in the local dialect, due to the dark color of the masks which are hung in a fireplace to blacken them. [Wikipedia]

    Sports holiday (beginning)

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    Friday February 24, 2023
    School holidays :

    Sports holiday (end)

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    Monday March 13, 2023
    School holidays : one or two weeks later in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais)

    St Joseph's Day

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    Sunday March 19, 2023
    Catholic or protestant :

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday April 6, 2023
    School holidays : In Romand only

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    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.

    Customary holiday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Easter Monday

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday April 17, 2023
    School holidays : In Romand only

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday May 12, 2023
    School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

    Ascension

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday May 22, 2023
    School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

    Pentecost

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    Sunday May 28, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

    Whit Monday

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    Monday May 29, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.