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Switzerland (Bern) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Franc (CHF)
  • For local celebrations, please check the related canton entry.
    Internet domain: .ch - Telephone code: +41 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (DST: yes)
    European Truck Ban: 22:00 to 05:00 week nights, 00:00 to 24:00 on Sundays, public holidays & vacations departures/returns
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Monday june 26, 2023Regional holidaySecular holiday
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    Friday july 7, 2023Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday july 24, 2023Allianz Suisse Tennis Open GstaadSports events
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    Tuesday august 1, 2023Confederation DayNational Day
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    Monday august 21, 2023Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday september 10, 2023Jungfrau MarathonSports events
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    Friday october 6, 2023Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday october 23, 2023Fall holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday november 27, 2023Onion festivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday december 22, 2023Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday december 26, 2023St Stephen's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Regional holiday

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    Monday june 26, 2023
    Secular holiday : Solennität - Festival dedicated since 1729 to the education community Only in Burgdorf

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday july 7, 2023
    School holidays :

    Allianz Suisse Tennis Open Gstaad

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    Monday july 24, 2023
    Sports events : Www.atptennis.com/ 2023 edition confirmed

    Confederation Day

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    Tuesday august 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Instaured at the end of the XIX century. The date refers to an agreement made at the beginning of August 1291 between Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden. Traditional observance includes bonfires on the the mountains and celebrations in the communities, occasions for patriotic speeches. Modern observance, fostered by the Tourist offices, include fireworks.

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday august 21, 2023
    School holidays :

    Jungfrau Marathon

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    Sunday september 10, 2023
    Sports events : Www.jungfrau-marathon.ch/ 2023 edition confirmed

    Fall holiday (beginning)

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    Friday october 6, 2023
    School holidays :

    Fall holiday (end)

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    Monday october 23, 2023
    School holidays :

    Onion festival

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    Monday november 27, 2023
    Culture : Zibelemärit celebrates all things onion - and garlic. Artful wreaths, woven into braids, sometimes mixed with garlic to chase away Evil spirits and all kinds of figures made of onion are there for the taking. Sugar onion wreaths are wrapped around the neck like Hawaiian Leis. www.swiss-switzerland.com

    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday december 22, 2023
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Monday december 25, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day

    St Stephen's Day

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    Tuesday december 26, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.