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St Joseph's Day

St Joseph's Day 2019 and 2020

Every 19 March is celebrated as Saint Joseph’s Day in Roman Catholic cantons of the Swiss Confederation.

YearDateDayHolidayCantons
201919 MarTueSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
202019 MarThuSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS

However, in recent years, people have paid it less and less mind, and many local businesses in these regions don’t even close on Saint Joseph’s Day like they used to.

Interestingly, there are two different religious feast days dedicated to Joseph in Roman Catholicism. Saint Joseph’s Day focuses on his role as the husband of Mary and “step father” of the child Jesus. But on 1 May, Saint Joseph the Worker day focuses on his role as the patron saint of all carpenters.

There aren’t many events in areas of Switzerland celebrating Saint Joseph’s Day on 19 March. For those who have the day off, it is often spent relaxing, shopping or getting outdoors in the Spring weather.

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