Public Holidays

Public holidays in Switzerland

Switzerland is a predominantly Catholic country and therefore almost all holidays are based on Christian events. Easter Sunday and Whitsunday are not public holidays because they always fall on a Sunday anyway.

What is striking is that while Switzerland not very large geographically, the 26 cantons often have different holidays. We have listed the most important ones here:

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Non-floating holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

Jan. 1stNew Year's Day
Jan. 2ndBerchtold's Day
Jan. 6thEpiphany
March 1stAnniversary of the Republic (only Neuenburg)
March 19thJosef's Day
May 1stLabor Day
June 23rdIndependence festival (only Jura)
June 29thPeter and Paul (only Tessin)
Aug. 1stFederal holiday
Aug. 15thAssumption Day
Sept. 22ndMauritius Day (only Appenzell)
Sept. 25thBruderklausenfest (only Oberwalden)
Nov. 1stAll Saints' Day
Nov. 2ndAll Souls' Day
Dec. 8thImmaculate conception
Dec. 25thChristmas Day
Dec. 26thBoxing Day
Dec. 31stNew Year's Eve
Dec. 31stRestoration of the Republic (Geneva only)

Moving Holidays in Switzerland

Ash WednesdayFeb. 22ndFeb. 14thMarch 5thFeb. 18thFeb. 10th
Good FridayApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Easter SundayApril 9thMarch 31stApril 20thApril 5thMarch 28th
Easter MondayApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6thMarch 29th
Sechseläuten (Zürich + Schlieren only)April 17thApril 15thApril 21stApril 20thApril 19th
Mother's DayMay 14thMay 12thMay 11thMay 10thMay 9th
"Auffahrt" (Ascension)May 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14thMay 6th
Whit SundayMay 28thMay 19thJune 8thMay 24thMay 16th
Whit MondayMay 29thMay 20thJune 9thMay 25thMay 17th
Father's DayJune 4thJune 2ndJune 1stJune 7thJune 6th
Corpus ChristiJune 8thMay 30thJune 19thJune 4thMay 27th

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