When are the Swiss public holidays in your canton in 2023?
Switzerland has very few national public holidays, when most firms, schools, and other institutions are closed. There are, however, many that are celebrated on a regional or cantonal level. Here's what you need to know for 2023.
As with everything in Switzerland, holidays differ widely from canton to canton.
There are only four national ones: January 1st (New Year’s Day), Ascension Day (May 18th in 2023), August 1st (National Day), and 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, as Easter Sunday does, you do not get an extra weekday holiday in lieu.
For the purposes of this article the abbreviations for the 26 Swiss 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), Lucerne (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)
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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
7th: Good Friday, national except TI and VS
9th: Easter Sunday, national
10th: Easter Monday, national except NE, SO, VS, ZG
1st: Labour Day, BL, BS, JU, LU, NE, SH, SO, TG, TI, ZH
26th: Ascension Day, national
29th: Whit Monday, national except NE, SO, VS, ZG
8th: Corpus Christi, national except AR, BL, BS, BE, GE, GL, NE, SH, SG, TG, VD, ZH23rd: 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
15th: Jeûne genevois, GE
17th: Jeûne federal, except GE
18th: 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
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31st: New Year’s Eve, GL
31st: Restoration Day, GE