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Switzerland : 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 September 18, 2022Repentance DayEvents, celebrations...
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Sunday September 25, 2022ReferendumSpecial Events
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Monday September 26, 2022Rosh Hashanahcards/flowers
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Sunday October 30, 2022Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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Sunday November 20, 2022EwigkeitssonntagEvents, celebrations...
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Friday January 6, 2023Epiphanycards/flowers
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Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Repentance Day

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Sunday September 18, 2022
Culture : A day of prayer to God against poor harvest.

Referendum

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Sunday September 25, 2022
Special Events :

Rosh Hashanah

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Monday September 26, 2022
cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday

Daylight Saving Time

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Sunday October 30, 2022
Special Events : At 1:00 a.m. local times

Ewigkeitssonntag

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Sunday November 20, 2022
Culture : General celebration in memorial of the deceased for the Lutherian Church

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
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

School holidays

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Sunday January 1, 2023
School holidays : calendars gazetted by the respective Departments of Education
Each canton carries its own specific set of holidays, please scroll to the concerned canton

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

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

Epiphany

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Friday January 6, 2023
cards/flowers :

Valentine's Day

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Tuesday February 14, 2023
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February