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Switzerland (Zürich) : 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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Friday July 15, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday August 22, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday September 12, 2022Half-day holidaySecular holiday
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Friday October 7, 2022Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday October 24, 2022Fall holiday (end)School holidays
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Tuesday November 8, 2022Internationale Kurzfilmtage WinterthurEvents, celebrations...
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Friday November 11, 2022Turnip lantern processionEvents, celebrations...
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Friday December 23, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022St Stephen's DayCatholic or protestant
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's MarathonSports events
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Monday January 2, 2023BerchtoldstagSecular holiday
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Monday January 9, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday July 15, 2022
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Summer holiday (end)

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Monday August 22, 2022
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Half-day holiday

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Monday September 12, 2022
Secular holiday : Knabenschiessen - The prize-shooting for 12 to 16 year old is one of the oldest festivals in Zurich. A marksman king or queen is chosen.

Fall holiday (beginning)

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Friday October 7, 2022
School holidays :

Fall holiday (end)

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Monday October 24, 2022
School holidays :

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

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Tuesday November 8, 2022
Culture : Www.kurzfilmtage.ch in Winterthur 2022 edition CONFIRMED

Turnip lantern procession

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Friday November 11, 2022
Culture : Children hollow out turnips and carve them into lanterns, later putting candles in them and carrying them through the dark streets to the sound of musical accompaniment. The procession often finishes with a drink or some hot food. The custom is organised by sport and community associations, residents' associations, church groups, schools and kindergartens.

Christmas holiday (beginning)

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Friday December 23, 2022
School holidays :

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
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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Monday December 26, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

New Year's Day

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Sunday January 1, 2023
Secular holiday :

New Year's Marathon

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Sunday January 1, 2023
Sports events : Www.neujahrsmarathon.ch/ 2023 edition confirmed

Berchtoldstag

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Monday January 2, 2023
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 9, 2023
School holidays : Www.stadt-zuerich.ch
issued by the Ministry of Education
study programs are not aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process
PISA ranking (average 493): 506
Schooling is mandatory till age 16
Usually no school on Saturday
No uniform required
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ranking: Times Higher Education #22/QS ranking #10/Shanghai #19

Dates confirmed till Sep 2025; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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