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] Consider that holidays change depending on employers, and some holidays are highly specific to only a certain town or village. In general, the most reliable list of holidays for a given area will be to look for the list of bank holidays, as nearly all shops and offices close during bank holidays.

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 2016 2017 2018 2019
New Year's Day N 1 January * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 1 January 2016 1 January 2017 1 January 2018 1 January 2019
St. Berchtold N 2 January * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 14 2 January 2016 2 January 2017 2 January 2018 2 January 2019
Epiphany N 6 January * * * * * 5 6 January 2016 6 January 2017 6 January 2018 6 January 2019
Republic Day N 1 March * 1 1 March 2016 1 March 2017 1 March 2018 1 March 2019
St Joseph's Day N 19 March * * * * * * * * 8 19 March 2016 19 March 2017 19 March 2018 19 March 2019
Näfelser Fahrt N 3 April * 1 3 April 2016 3 April 2017 3 April 2018 3 April 2019
Palm Sunday Y Easter Sunday - 7 d [3] 20 March (2016-03-20) 2016 9 April (2017-04-09) 2017 25 March (2018-03-25) 2018 14 April (2019-04-14) 2019
Good Friday Y Easter Sunday - 2 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * [4] * [4] * * * 24 25 March (2016-03-25) 2016 14 April (2017-04-14) 2017 30 March (2018-03-30) 2018 19 April (2019-04-19) 2019
Easter Sunday Y Easter Sunday [3] 27 March (2016-03-27) 2016 16 April (2017-04-16) 2017 1 April (2018-04-01) 2018 21 April (2019-04-21) 2019
Easter Monday Y Easter Sunday + 1 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 25 28 March (2016-03-28) 2016 17 April (2017-04-17) 2017 2 April (2018-04-02) 2018 22 April (2019-04-22) 2019
Labor Day N 1 May * * * * * * * * * * * 11 1 May 2016 1 May 2017 1 May 2018 1 May 2019
Ascension Y Easter Sunday + 39 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 5 May (2016-05-05) 2016 25 May (2017-05-25) 2017 10 May (2018-05-10) 2018 30 May (2019-05-30) 2019
Pentecost Y Easter Sunday + 49 d [3] 15 May (2016-05-15) 2016 4 June (2017-06-04) 2017 20 May (2018-05-20) 2018 9 June (2019-06-09) 2019
Whit Monday Y Easter Sunday + 50 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 25 16 May (2016-05-16) 2016 5 June (2017-06-05) 2017 21 May (2018-05-21) 2018 10 June (2019-06-10) 2019
Corpus Christi Y Easter Sunday + 60 d * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 14 26 May (2016-05-26) 2016 15 June (2017-06-15) 2017 31 May (2018-05-31) 2018 20 June (2019-06-20) 2019
Fête d'Indépendance N 23 June * 1 23 June 2016 23 June 2017 23 June 2018 23 June 2019
Saints Peter and Paul N 29 June [5] [5] * 1 29 June 2016 29 June 2017 29 June 2018 29 June 2019
Swiss National Day N 1 August * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 1 August 2016 1 August 2017 1 August 2018 1 August 2019
Assumption N 15 August * * * * * * * * * * * * * 13 15 August 2016 15 August 2017 15 August 2018 15 August 2019
Jeûne genevois Y Thursday after 1st Sunday in September * 1 8 September 2016 7 September 2017 6 September 2018 5 September 2019
Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer Y 3rd Sunday in September * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * [6] 18 September 2016 17 September 2017 16 September 2018 15 September 2019
Lundi du Jeûne (Monday after previous) Y Monday after 3rd Sunday in September [5] [4] [4] * 1 19 September 2016 18 September 2017 17 September 2018 16 September 2019
Saint Nicholas of Flüe Day N 25 September * 1 25 September 2016 25 September 2017 25 September 2018 25 September 2019
All Saints Day N 1 November * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 15 1 November 2016 1 November 2017 1 November 2018 1 November 2019
Immaculate Conception N 8 December * * * * * * * * * * * * * 13 8 December 2016 8 December 2017 8 December 2018 8 December 2019
Christmas Day N 25 December * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 26 25 December 2016 25 December 2017 25 December 2018 25 December 2019
St Stephen's Day N 26 December * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 21 26 December 2016 26 December 2017 26 December 2018 26 December 2019
Restoration of the Republic N 31 December * 1 31 December 2016 31 December 2017 31 December 2018 31 December 2019
New Year's Eve N 31 December (afternoon) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 15 31 December (afternoon) 2016 31 December (afternoon) 2017 31 December (afternoon) 2018 31 December (afternoon) 2019

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

Holiday Date Holiday in cantons Partial Holiday in cantons
Carnival1 Second Monday before Ash Wednesday SZ
Thursday before Ash Wednesday LU, UR, NW SZ, SG, GR
Monday before Ash Wednesday GL ZH, LU, UR, SZ, ZG, SG, AG
Tuesday before Ash Wednesday SZ, NW, OW LU, UR, BL, SG, AG, TI
Ash Wednesday NW SZ, BL, AR, TI, JU
Friday after Ash Wednesday TI
Monday after Ash Wednesday BS BL (Lower Part Afternoon), ZH
Tuesday after Ash Wednesday FR
Wednesday after Ash Wednesday BS BL (Lower Part Afternoon)
Anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic 1 March NE (excl.)
Näfelser Ride usually the first Thursday in April GL (excl.)
Sechseläuten usually the third Monday in April Zürich City, Schlieren (excl.)
Independence Day 23 June JU (excl.)
Peter and Paul 29 June TI LU, GR
Knabenschiessen second Weekend in September
(+ half Monday after)
Zürich City (and Zürich Metro Area) (excl.)
Prayer Monday Monday after Federal Day of Thanksgiving,
Repentance and Prayer
Legally recognized only in VD
(Lundi du Jeûne)
is also celebrated in NE and parts of BE
is a bank holiday in VS.
Mauritius day 22 September AI (excl.) without Oberegg District
Brother Klaus festival 25 September OW (excl.)
St. Leodegar (Schutzengelfest) 2 October Lucerne City (excl.)
L'Escalade 12 December GE (excl.)
Restoration of the Republic 31 December GE (excl.)
1 The days around Carnival are (with the exception of very few individual municipalities) no public holidays. However, due to widely committed celebrations in the cantons mentioned, there are usually restrictions (for example, businesses might already close at noon or don't open at all).

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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