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Switzerland (Valais) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Franc (CHF)
  • For local celebrations, please check the related canton entry.
    Internet domain: .ch - Telephone code: +41 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (DST: yes)
    European Truck Ban: 22:00 to 05:00 week nights, 00:00 to 24:00 on Sundays, public holidays & vacations departures/returns
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Friday may 3, 2024Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday may 9, 2024AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Monday may 13, 2024Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday may 19, 2024PentecostCatholic or protestant
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    Monday may 20, 2024Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday may 30, 2024Corpus CristiCatholic
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    Sunday june 9, 2024Tour de SuisseSports events
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    Friday june 28, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday july 6, 2024Zermatt MarathonSports events
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    Thursday august 1, 2024Confederation DayNational Day
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    Thursday august 15, 2024AssumptionCatholic
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    Monday august 19, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday september 7, 2024Jungfrau MarathonSports events
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    Friday october 11, 2024Fall holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday october 28, 2024Fall holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday november 1, 2024All Saints' DayCatholic or protestant
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    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday may 3, 2024
    School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

    Ascension

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    Thursday may 9, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday may 13, 2024
    School holidays : in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais) only

    Pentecost

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    Sunday may 19, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

    Whit Monday

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    Monday may 20, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.

    Corpus Cristi

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    Thursday may 30, 2024
    Catholic : Commemorates the Last supper. Pope Urban IV ordered the observance of such a feast in 1264, and in the following century it became universal in the Western Church. For six hundred years that feast was observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but in 1970 the new Roman Missal, while retaining that day for some countries, provided that in others the feast be observed on the Sunday after Trinity.

    Tour de Suisse

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    Sunday june 9, 2024
    Sports events : Lasts 1 week - www.tourdesuisse.ch/ 2024 edition confirmed

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday june 28, 2024
    School holidays : On week later in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais)

    Zermatt Marathon

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    Saturday july 6, 2024
    Sports events : Www.zermattmarathon.ch/ 2024 edition confirmed

    Confederation Day

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    Thursday august 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : Instaured at the end of the XIX century. The date refers to an agreement made at the beginning of August 1291 between Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden. Traditional observance includes bonfires on the the mountains and celebrations in the communities, occasions for patriotic speeches. Modern observance, fostered by the Tourist offices, include fireworks.

    Assumption

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    Thursday august 15, 2024
    Catholic : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is the dogma so far defined by the Church. The definition was made by Pope Pius XII on 1st November 1950. The Pope proclaimed: We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday august 19, 2024
    School holidays :

    Jungfrau Marathon

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    Saturday september 7, 2024
    Sports events : Www.jungfrau-marathon.ch/ 2024 edition confirmed

    Fall holiday (beginning)

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    Friday october 11, 2024
    School holidays :

    Fall holiday (end)

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    Monday october 28, 2024
    School holidays : one week earlier in Oberwallis (Haut-Valais)

    All Saints' Day

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    Friday november 1, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837.