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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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    Sunday february 4, 2024Mask festivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday february 23, 2024Sports holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday march 19, 2024St Joseph's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday march 28, 2024Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday march 29, 2024Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday april 1, 2024Customary holidayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday april 8, 2024Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday april 11, 2024Sports holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday may 3, 2024Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday may 9, 2024AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Monday may 13, 2024Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday may 19, 2024PentecostCatholic or protestant
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    Monday may 20, 2024Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday may 30, 2024Corpus CristiCatholic
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    Sunday june 9, 2024Tour de SuisseSports events
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    Friday june 28, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday july 6, 2024Zermatt MarathonSports events
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    Thursday august 1, 2024Confederation DayNational Day
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    Thursday august 15, 2024AssumptionCatholic
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    Monday august 19, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Mask festival

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    Sunday february 4, 2024
    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 23, 2024
    School holidays :

    St Joseph's Day

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    Tuesday march 19, 2024
    Catholic or protestant :

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday march 28, 2024
    School holidays : In Romand only

    Good Friday

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    Friday march 29, 2024
    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 1, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Easter Monday

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday april 8, 2024
    School holidays : In Romand only

    Sports holiday (end)

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    Thursday april 11, 2024
    School holidays : one or two weeks later in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais)

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday may 3, 2024
    School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

    Ascension

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    Thursday may 9, 2024
    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.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday may 13, 2024
    School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

    Pentecost

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    Sunday may 19, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

    Whit Monday

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    Monday may 20, 2024
    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.

    Corpus Cristi

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    Thursday may 30, 2024
    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.

    Tour de Suisse

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    Sunday june 9, 2024
    Sports events : Lasts 1 week - www.tourdesuisse.ch/ 2024 edition confirmed

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday june 28, 2024
    School holidays : On week later in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais)

    Zermatt Marathon

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    Saturday july 6, 2024
    Sports events : Www.zermattmarathon.ch/ 2024 edition confirmed

    Confederation Day

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    Thursday august 1, 2024
    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.

    Assumption

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    Thursday august 15, 2024
    Catholic : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is the dogma so far defined by the Church. The definition was made by Pope Pius XII on 1st November 1950. The Pope proclaimed: We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday august 19, 2024
    School holidays :