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Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception 2020 and 2021

In Switzerland, Immaculate Conception is only a public holiday in some cantons where the Roman Catholic population is significant. To Catholics, it is a major religious festival and one on which they are “supposed to” attend holy mass.

YearDateDayHolidayCantons
20208 DecTueImmaculate Conception AG, AI, FR, GR, LU,
NW, OW, SZ, TI, UR,
VS & ZG
20218 DecWedImmaculate Conception AG, AI, FR, GR, LU,
NW, OW, SZ, TI, UR,
VS & ZG

Immaculate Conception has been a church holy day since 1854, when Pope Pious IX declared it such. It comes on every 8 December and is a marker of the beginning of the Christmas season for many.

Catholic traditions have Mary being conceived by her mother Saint Anne – her father being Saint Joachim, on 8 December. The doctrine states that she was preserved from all sin from the moment of her conception and throughout her entire life.

For many in Switzerland, this is just another day off work to relax at home with family and friends. For others, it is a time to contemplate Mary being conceived as a “pure soul incapable of sinning”.