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Switzerland (Valais) : 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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Saturday January 1, 2022New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 3, 2022BerchtoldstagSecular holiday
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Monday January 10, 2022Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday February 20, 2022Mask festivalEvents, celebrations...
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Friday February 25, 2022Sports holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday March 14, 2022Sports holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday March 19, 2022St Joseph's DayCatholic or protestant
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Friday April 15, 2022Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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Monday April 18, 2022Customary holidayCatholic or protestant
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Friday May 6, 2022Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday May 16, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Thursday May 26, 2022AscensionCatholic or protestant
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Sunday June 5, 2022PentecostCatholic or protestant
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Monday June 6, 2022Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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Sunday June 12, 2022Tour de SuisseSports events
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Thursday June 16, 2022Corpus CristiCatholic
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Friday June 24, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Saturday July 2, 2022Zermatt MarathonSports events
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New Year's Day

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Saturday January 1, 2022
Secular holiday :

Berchtoldstag

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Monday January 3, 2022
Secular holiday : A derivation of Middle High German berhttac or berhteltac, which translated the Greek epiphanias Only in Zurich, Bern, Luzern, Glarus, Zug, Freiburg, Solothurn, Schaffhau, Aarhau, Thurgau, Waadt. Also concerns Neuenburg and Jura if New Year fell on a Sunday [Wikipedia]

Christmas holiday (end)

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Monday January 10, 2022
School holidays : Www.vs.ch
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Schooling is mandatory till age 16
Usually no school on Saturday
No uniform required

Dates confirmed till Dec 2024; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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Mask festival

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Sunday February 20, 2022
Culture : Tschäggättä: The origins of this tradition are unclear and several hypotheses are formulated: legends relating to brigands disguised as monsters, protest against the Valais policy in 1550 with disguises, temporary symbol of the return of the dead among the living or fight against the bad ones minds. We sometimes meet the term Roitschäggätta, King meaning smoke in the local dialect, due to the dark color of the masks which are hung in a fireplace to blacken them. [Wikipedia]

Sports holiday (beginning)

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Friday February 25, 2022
School holidays :

Sports holiday (end)

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Monday March 14, 2022
School holidays : one or two weeks later in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais)

St Joseph's Day

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Saturday March 19, 2022
Catholic or protestant :

Good Friday

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Friday April 15, 2022
Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

Customary holiday

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Monday April 18, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Easter Monday

Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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Friday May 6, 2022
School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

Mid-term holiday (end)

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Monday May 16, 2022
School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

Ascension

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Thursday May 26, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

Pentecost

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Sunday June 5, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

Whit Monday

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Monday June 6, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.

Tour de Suisse

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Sunday June 12, 2022
Sports events : Lasts 1 week - www.tourdesuisse.ch/ 2022 edition confirmed

Corpus Cristi

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Thursday June 16, 2022
Catholic : Commemorates the Last supper. Pope Urban IV ordered the observance of such a feast in 1264, and in the following century it became universal in the Western Church. For six hundred years that feast was observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but in 1970 the new Roman Missal, while retaining that day for some countries, provided that in others the feast be observed on the Sunday after Trinity.

Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday June 24, 2022
School holidays : On week later in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais)

Zermatt Marathon

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Saturday July 2, 2022
Sports events : Www.zermattmarathon.ch/ 2022 edition confirmed