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Switzerland Public Holidays 2017

Today – 24 September 2017 – is not a holiday in Switzerland.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHolidayCantons
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
2 JanMonSaint Berchtold's DayNational except AR, AI, BL,
BS, GE, GR, NW, SZ,
SG, TI, UR & VS
6 JanFriEpiphanyGR, LU, SZ, TI &
UR
1 MarWedRepublic DayNE
19 MarSunSt Joseph's DayGR, LU, NW, SO, SZ,
TI, UR & VS
14 AprFriGood FridayNational except TI & VS
17 AprMonEaster MondayNational except VS
1 MayMonLabour DayBL, BS, FR, JU, LU,
NE, SH, SO, TG, TI
& ZH
25 MayThuAscension DayNational
4 JunSunWhit SundayNational
5 JunMonWhit MondayNational except VS
15 JunThuCorpus ChristiNational except AR, BL, BS,
BE, GE, GL, NE, SH,
SG, TG, VD & ZH
29 JunThuSt Peter and St PaulGR & TI
1 AugTueNational DayNational
15 AugTueAssumption DayAG, AI, FR, JU, LU,
NW, OW, SO, SZ, TI,
UR, VS & ZG
7 SepThuJeûne genevoisGE
17 SepSunFederal Fast DayNational except GE
18 SepMonDay after the Federal FastBE, NE & VD
1 NovWedAll Saints' DayNational except AR, BL, BS,
BE, GE, GR, NE, SH,
TG, VD & ZH
8 DecFriImmaculate ConceptionAG, AI, FR, GR, LU,
NW, OW, SO, SZ, TI,
UR, VS & ZG
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
26 DecTueSt Stephen's DayNational except GE, JU, NE,
VS & VD
31 DecSunRestoration DayGE

Holidays in Switzerland are categorized according to established common local holidays, regional observances and seasonal celebrations.

In addition, Switzerland observes seasonal celebrations including March Equinox, June Solstice, September Equinox and December Solstice. Although these observances are not categorized as official holidays, many employers allow time off for seasonal celebrations, which typically fall on a weekend.

Interestingly, the only official public holiday recognized in Switzerland is Swiss National Day observed on August 1. In Switzerland, the Federal Statute on International Private Law (PILA) determines the terms of employment contracts. Although employment contracts are not required by law, most employers and employees prefer to have written agreements setting forth terms of employment, salary, benefits and entitlement to common local holidays and territorial observances.

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