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Switzerland Public Holidays 2017

Today – 12 December 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 Day National
2 JanMonSaint Berchtold's Day National except AR, AI, BL,
BS, GE, GR, NW, SZ,
SG, TI, UR & VS
6 JanFriEpiphany GR, LU, SZ, TI &
UR
1 MarWedRepublic Day NE
19 MarSunSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SO, SZ,
TI, UR & VS
14 AprFriGood Friday National except TI & VS
17 AprMonEaster Monday National except VS
1 MayMonLabour Day BL, BS, FR, JU, LU,
NE, SH, SO, TG, TI
& ZH
25 MayThuAscension Day National
4 JunSunWhit Sunday National
5 JunMonWhit Monday National except VS
15 JunThuCorpus Christi National except AR, BL, BS,
BE, GE, GL, NE, SH,
SG, TG, VD & ZH
29 JunThuSt Peter and St Paul GR & TI
1 AugTueNational Day National
15 AugTueAssumption Day AG, AI, FR, JU, LU,
NW, OW, SO, SZ, TI,
UR, VS & ZG
7 SepThuJeûne genevois GE
17 SepSunFederal Fast Day National except GE
18 SepMonDay after the Federal Fast BE, NE & VD
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day National except AR, BL, BS,
BE, GE, GR, NE, SH,
TG, VD & ZH
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception AG, AI, FR, GR, LU,
NW, OW, SO, SZ, TI,
UR, VS & ZG
25 DecMonChristmas Day National
26 DecTueSt Stephen's Day National except GE, JU, NE,
VS & VD
31 DecSunRestoration Day GE

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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