When are the public holidays in Switzerland in 2021?

When are the public holidays in Switzerland in 2021?
National Day on August 1st is among there biggest public holidays in Switzerland. Photo by AFP
Switzerland has very few national public holidays, but there are many that are celebrated on a regional or cantonal level. Here’s a list of what is commemorated where and when.
Public holidays are when most businesses, schools, and other institutions are closed.

As with everything in Switzerland, things differ widely from canton to canton.

There are only four nationally and the cantons with the fewest paid public holidays have only five in total, up to 16 regionally. Switzerland has 26 cantons. 

When are they?

January 1st (New Year’s Day), Ascension Day (May 13th in 2021), August 1st (National Day), December 25th (Christmas Day).

Technically speaking, Easter Sunday is also a national holiday, however it always falls on a Sunday. 

What else do you need to know? 

If the holiday falls on a weekend, you do not get an extra weekday holiday in lieu.

For the purposes of this article the abbreviations for the cantons are as follows:

Aargau (AG), Appenzell Innerrhoden (AI), Appenzel Ausserhoden (AR), Bern (BE), Basel-Country (BL), Basel-City (BS), Fribourg (FR), Geneva (GE), Glarus (GL), Graubünden (GR), Jura (JU), Lucern (LU), Neuchâtel (NE), Nidwalden, (NW), Obwalden (OW) Schwyz (SZ),  Schaffhausen (SH), Solothurn (SO), St. Gallen (SG), Ticino (TI), Thurgau (TG), Uri (UR), Valais (VS), Vaud (VD), Zug (ZG), Zurich (ZH)


1st: New Year’s Day, National

2nd: Saint Berchtold’s Day , AG, BE, FR, GL, JU, LU, OW, SH, TG, VD

6th: Epiphany, GR, LU, SZ, TI, UR


1st: Republic Day,    NE

19th: St Joseph’s Day,   GR, LU, NW, SZ, TI, UR, VS


2nd: Good Friday,   National except TI and VS

4th:  Easter Sunday,   National

5th: Easter Monday,   National except NE, SO, VS, ZG

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1st: Labour Day,   BL, BS, JU, LU, NE, SH, SO, TG, TI, ZH

13th: Ascension Day,  National

24th: Whit Monday,  National except NE, SO, VS, ZG


3rd: Corpus Christi,  National except AR, BL, BS, BE, GE, GL, NE, SH, SG, TG, VD, ZH

23rd:  Independence of Jura,   JU

29th:  St Peter and St Paul,    GR, TI


1st: National Day,    National

15th,  Assumption Day,     AG, AI, FR, JU, LU, NW, OW, SO, SZ, TI, UR, VS, ZG


9th:  Jeûne genevois,   GE

20th:  Day after the Federal Fast,   VD

22nd:  St Mauritius,  AI

25th:  Brother Klaus Festival,   OW


1st:    All Saints’ Day,    National except AR, BL, BS, BE, GE, GR, NE, SH, TG, VD, ZH


8th:  Immaculate Conception,   AG, AI, FR, GR, LU, NW, OW, SZ, TI, UR, VS, ZG

24th: Christmas Eve,  GL

25th:  Christmas Day,   National

31st:  New Year’s Eve,   GL

31st: Restoration Day, GE

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