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Holiday Calendar in Switzerland

Holiday Calendar in Switzerland for 2020-2021 year
Every canton of Switzerland has its own public holiday calendar. Some holidays may not be observed in certain cantons while some other are specific to only a certain town or village. There is only one federal holiday in Switzerland - the Swiss National Day. It is set on 1 August and observed in all 26 cantons. New Yearís Day, Ascension, and Christmas Day are also public holidays, traditionally celebrated throughout the country.

Holidays and observances in Switzerland for 2020-2021 year

January 2020

Friday 24 January - Vaud Independence Day (Switzerland. The canton of Vaud is the third largest of the Swiss cantons by population and fourth by size)

February 2020

March 2020

Sunday 1 March - Chalandamarz in Switzerland (is a traditional spring festival in Latin-speaking parts of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. It is celebrated on, and named for, the First of March - Calendae Martis - and marks the end of winter); Republic Day in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (It is a day off for the general population. In 1848, Neuchâtel which had been a principality, declared itself a republic and part of Switzerland)
Thursday 19 March - Saint Joseph's Day or Father's Day (in Andorra, Angola, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Honduras, and Bolivia)

April 2020

Wednesday 1 April - Poisson d'avril (France, Switzerland, French Community of Belgium)
Friday 3 April - Näfelser Fahrt in Glarus, Switzerland (The Battle of Näfels was fought on 9 April 1388 between Glarus with its allies the Old Swiss Confederation, and the Habsburgs. It was a decisive Glarner victory)
Sunday 12 April - Easter in Western Christianity (Første påskedag in Norway); Easter
Monday 20 April - Sechseläuten in Zurich (the third Monday in April)

May 2020

Sunday 10 May - Motherís Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Thursday 21 May - Christ's Ascension (or Kristi Himmelfartsdag in Norway); Ascension of Jesus

June 2020

Monday 1 June - Whit Monday (celebrated on the day after Pentecost)
Tuesday 23 June - Jura Independence Day in Switzerland (canton in northwestern Switzerland, the youngest canton in the Swiss Confederation. Administrative Center - Delemont City)

August 2020

Saturday 1 August - Switzerland National Day (commemorates Switzerland becoming a single unit in 1291)
Saturday 15 August - Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu)

September 2020

Thursday 10 September - Jeûne genevois in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland (Genfer Bettag. The Thursday following the first Sunday of September)
Saturday 12 September - Knabenschiessen in Zürich City (second Weekend in September + half Monday after)
Sunday 20 September - The Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer or Swiss Federal Fast in Switzerland (It is celebrated on the third Sunday in September. The subsequent Monday - Lundi du Jeûne - is a public holiday in the canton of Vaud and unofficial holiday in the canton of Neuchâtel)
Tuesday 22 September - St. Mauritius Day or Mauritiustag in Appenzell Innerrhoden and Solothurn (Switzerland. According to legend, Mauritius came from Syria. He commanded a Roman legion, which consisted mainly of Christians.); Autumnal Equinox Day
Friday 25 September - Saint Nicholas of Flüe Day in Obwalden, Switzerland (Saint Nicholas of Flüe was a Swiss hermit and ascetic who is the patron saint of Switzerland. He is sometimes invoked as Brother Klaus)

October 2020

Friday 2 October - St. Leodegar Day in Lucerne, Switzerland (the role of Leodegar as patron saint of Lucerne. The festival of St. Leodegar is also considered a guardian angel festival, although there is no direct connection between the saint and the faith in guardian angels)

November 2020

Sunday 1 November - All Saints' Day a holy day of obligation (a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. And its related observance: Day of the Innocents, The first day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. - Mexico, Haiti)

December 2020

Tuesday 8 December - Immaculate Conception (public holiday in several countries, a holy day of obligation in others)
Saturday 12 December - The Escalade Festival in Geneva, Switzerland (in honor of the victory of the Protestant Republic over the troops of the Duke)
Saturday 26 December - St. Stephen's Day (public holiday in Alsace, Austria, Andorra, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland)
Thursday 31 December - Restoration Day in Geneva, Switzerland (Known in French as 'fête de la Restauration de la République', the holiday commemorates the re-establishment of Geneva as a republic on this day in 1813); New Yearís Eve

January 2021

Saturday 2 January - Berchtold's Day or Berchtoldstag (Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Alsace); The second day of New Year (a holiday in Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine). New Year Holiday (Albania, Scotland), if it is a Sunday, the day moves to January 3
Wednesday 13 January - Hilari Day in Solothurn and surroundings, Switzerland (The Hilari is a fasnachtähnlicher custom. It is celebrated exclusively in the four villages Feuerthalen-Langwiesen, Flurlingen and Laufen-Uhwiesen along the Cholfirst in the north of the canton of Zurich. The Hilari is considered one of the oldest Carnival customs of the canton)

Notes:

The days around Carnival are (with the exception of very few individual municipalities) not 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 donít open at all).
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