Public holidays in Switzerland

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The 26 cantons that make up Switzerland set their public holidays independently — with the exception of August 1,[1] which is the only federal holiday.[2]

Public holidays in cantons[edit]

Holiday Variable? Date AG AI AR BL BS BE FR GE GL GR JU LU NE NW OW SG SH SZ SO TG TI UR VS VD ZG ZH Number of cantons 2015 2016 2017 2018
New Year's Day N 1 January * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 1 January 2015 1 January 2016 1 January 2017 1 January 2018
St. Berchtold N 2 January * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 14 2 January 2015 2 January 2016 2 January 2017 2 January 2018
Epiphany N 6 January * * * * * 5 6 January 2015 6 January 2016 6 January 2017 6 January 2018
Republic Day N 1 March * 1 1 March 2015 1 March 2016 1 March 2017 1 March 2018
St Joseph's Day N 19 March * * * * * * * * 8 19 March 2015 19 March 2016 19 March 2017 19 March 2018
Näfelser Fahrt N 3 April * 1 3 April 2015 3 April 2016 3 April 2017 3 April 2018
Palm Sunday Y Easter Sunday - 7 d [3] 29 March (2015-03-29) 2015 20 March (2016-03-20) 2016 9 April (2017-04-09) 2017 25 March (2018-03-25) 2018
Good Friday Y Easter Sunday - 2 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * [4] * [4] * * * 24 3 April (2015-04-03) 2015 25 March (2016-03-25) 2016 14 April (2017-04-14) 2017 30 March (2018-03-30) 2018
Easter Sunday Y Easter Sunday [3] 5 April (2015-04-05) 2015 27 March (2016-03-27) 2016 16 April (2017-04-16) 2017 1 April (2018-04-01) 2018
Easter Monday Y Easter Sunday + 1 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 25 6 April (2015-04-06) 2015 28 March (2016-03-28) 2016 17 April (2017-04-17) 2017 2 April (2018-04-02) 2018
Labor Day N 1 May * * * * * * * * * * * 11 1 May 2015 1 May 2016 1 May 2017 1 May 2018
Ascension Y Easter Sunday + 39 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 2015 2016 2017 2018
Pentecost Y Easter Sunday + 49 d [3] 24 May (2015-05-24) 2015 15 May (2016-05-15) 2016 4 June (2017-06-04) 2017 20 May (2018-05-20) 2018
Whit Monday Y Easter Sunday + 50 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 25 25 May (2015-05-25) 2015 16 May (2016-05-16) 2016 5 June (2017-06-05) 2017 21 May (2018-05-21) 2018
Corpus Christi Y Easter Sunday + 60 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 14 4 June (2015-06-04) 2015 26 May (2016-05-26) 2016 15 June (2017-06-15) 2017 31 May (2018-05-31) 2018
Fête d'Indépendance N 23 June * 1 23 June 2015 23 June 2016 23 June 2017 23 June 2018
Saints Peter and Paul N 29 June [5] [5] * 1 29 June 2015 29 June 2016 29 June 2017 29 June 2018
Swiss National Day N 1 August * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 1 August 2015 1 August 2016 1 August 2017 1 August 2018
Assumption N 15 August * * * * * * * * * * * * * 13 15 August 2015 15 August 2016 15 August 2017 15 August 2018
Jeûne genevois Y Thursday after 1st Sunday in September * 1 10 September 2015 8 September 2016 7 September 2017 6 September 2018
Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer Y 3rd Sunday in September * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * [6] 20 September 2015 18 September 2016 17 September 2017 16 September 2018
Lundi du Jeûne (Monday after previous) Y Monday after 3rd Sunday in September [5] [4] [4] * 1 21 September 2015 19 September 2016 18 September 2017 17 September 2018
Saint Nicholas of Flüe Day N 25 September * 1 25 September 2015 25 September 2016 25 September 2017 25 September 2018
All Saints Day N 1 November * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 15 1 November 2015 1 November 2016 1 November 2017 1 November 2018
Immaculate Conception N 8 December * * * * * * * * * * * * * 13 8 December 2015 8 December 2016 8 December 2017 8 December 2018
Christmas Day N 25 December * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 25 December 2015 25 December 2016 25 December 2017 25 December 2018
St Stephen's Day N 26 December * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 21 26 December 2015 26 December 2016 26 December 2017 26 December 2018
Restoration of the Republic N 31 December * * * * * * 7 31 December 2015 31 December 2016 31 December 2017 31 December 2018
Total Holidays 13 12 9 9 9 10 14 9 9 14 12 15 10 13 13 9 10 14 15 10 15 14 9 9 13 9

Public holidays in specific places, parts of cantons[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Swiss National Day
  2. ^ "Familienurlaub Ratgeber". Interhome.ch. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Always on a Sunday: observance varies. Not included in total count. Additional regulations to normal Sunday rules may apply.
  4. ^ a b c d most stores are public, despite the day not being a public holiday
  5. ^ a b c some areas
  6. ^ Always on a Sunday: observance varies (not in Geneva). Not included in total count

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