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Holidays & Observances in Switzerland

Switzerland is a country in central Europe. It was famously a neutral country during the world wars and has always fostered a sense of peace and understanding. Switzerland is a diverse country as it takes most of its cultural influence from its surrounding countries. French, German, and Italian are all official languages along with Romansh. All four languages are widely spoken in different regions of the country. Christianity is the predominant religion split about equally between Protestant and Catholic. There is a growing irreligious population, but Christianity remains a huge influence on the culture, and its holidays are practiced by most of the population.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Swiss National Day Public
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic