Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer

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Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer
Official name German: Eidgenössischer Dank-, Buss- und Bettag, French: Jeûne fédéral, Italian: Digiuno federale, Romansh: Rogaziun federala
Also called German: Bettag
Observed by Switzerland, except in the canton of Geneva
Date Third Sunday in September
2015 date September 20  (2015-09-20)
2016 date September 18  (2016-09-18)
2017 date September 17  (2017-09-17)
2018 date September 16  (2018-09-16)
Frequency annual
Related to Lundi du Jeûne fédéral, Jeûne genevois

The Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer (German: Eidgenössischer Dank-, Buss- und Bettag, French: Jeûne fédéral, Italian: Digiuno federale) is a public holiday in Switzerland. It is an interfaith feast observed by Roman Catholic dioceses, the Old Catholic Church, the Jewish congregations and the Reformed church bodies as well as other Christian denominations.

It is celebrated on the third Sunday in September. In the Canton of Geneva another comparable feast, the Jeûne genevois, is celebrated.

The subsequent Monday (Lundi du Jeûne) is a public holiday in the canton of Vaud and unofficial holiday in the canton of Neuchâtel.

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