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 no public holidays, because they always fall on a Sunday anyway.

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

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

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