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St Joseph's Day

St Joseph’s Day 2023, 2024 and 2025

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

YearDateDayHolidayCantons
202319 MarSunSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
202419 MarTueSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
202519 MarWedSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
202619 MarThuSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

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.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayCantons
202219 MarSatSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
202119 MarFriSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
202019 MarThuSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
201919 MarTueSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
201819 MarMonSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS
201719 MarSunSt Joseph's Day GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI,
UR & VS