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Switzerland public holidays in 2017 and 2018 - Canton Zurich

Each of the 26 Swiss cantons (administrative subdivisions) observes different public holidays, being only a few occasions – amongst them New Year’s Day, Ascension and National Swiss Day – commonly celebrated throughout the whole of Switzerland. Below is the list of public holidays in the most populous Swiss canton, Zürich in 2017 and 2018:

2017

Holiday

2018

1 January (Sunday)

New Year’s Day

1 January (Monday)

2 January (Monday)

St. Berchtold Day

2 January (Tuesday)

14 April (Friday)

Good Friday

30 March (Friday)

16 April (Sunday)

Easter Sunday

1 April (Sunday)

17 April (Monday)

Easter Monday

2 April (Monday)

1 May (Monday)

Labour Day

1 May (Tuesday)

25 May (Thursday)

Ascension

10 May (Thursday)

5 June (Monday)

Whit Monday

21 May (Monday)

1 August (Tuesday)

Swiss National Day

1 August (Wednesday)

17 September (Sunday)

Swiss Federal Fast / Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer

16 September (Sunday)

25 December (Monday)

Christmas Day

25 December (Tuesday)

26 December (Tuesday)

St. Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day

26 December (Wednesday)

See map of Swiss cantons.

Local holidays Zurich
In addition to the holidays included in the table above, the city of Zürich, canton’s capital, observe several festivities, which, although not considered official public holidays, often mean reduced working hours for businesses and public institutions:

Sechseläuten
Every third Monday of April, Zurich celebrates the upcoming spring and bids farewell to winter by burning a symbolic figure of a Snowman at Sechseäuten Platz. This act is preceded by festive parades and procession of guilds. In 2017 Sechseläuten will be celebrated on 24 April (Monday) and in 2018, on 16 April (Monday).

See footage of Zurich Sechseäuten parade:

Knabenschiessen celebrations in Zurich
Held on the second weekend of September, Knabenschiessen is a target shooting competition, which traditionally was reserved for boys only. Since 1991 both boys and girls, age 13-17 are allow to participate, as long as they are residents or go to school in Zurich. Knabenschiesse is accompanied by a large fair with rides and food stalls. In 2017 Zurich Knabenschiessen competition will be held between 9 September (Saturday) and 11 September (Monday). Knabenschiessen dates for 2018 are: 8 September (Saturday) to 10 September (Monday).

St. Berchtold Day Switzerland
Celebrated since 14th century, St. Berchtold Day has unclear origins, deriving either from a Swiss German Benedictine monk Blessed Berchtold, or from Duke Berchtold V, the founder of Bern. Another explanation of St. Berchtold Day links it to the tradition of “walking around and asking for food” – berchten. On St. Berchtold Day friends and family meet to spend time together and exchange new year’s wishes. Nuts are eaten on St. Berchtold Day and children play games consisting in stacking nuts in a pile. Berchtoldstag is also celebrated in Liechtenstein.

Swiss National Day
Bundesfeier, the Swiss National Day, celebrates the founding of the Swiss Confederation in 1291 when three Swiss cantons (Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden) formed an alliance, the origin of the modern-day Switzerland. Swiss National Day, held on 1 August is celebrated in all 26 cantons of Switzerland, through public gatherings, firework displays and concerts.

See the parade along Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich on Swiss National Day:

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Switzerland public holidays in 2017 and 2018 - Canton Zurich
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Published: Tuesday, January 06 2015
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