In this blog, you will find the public holidays in 2022 for Switzerland. Important to note down your calendar, and to keep in mind, whether you live in Switzerland or when you are visiting Switzerland. During these days it is common that businesses and public institutions are closed or open on reduced hours.\n\n\n\nIn this blog post, you will find important Switzerland public holidays but other important dates are mentioned as well. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nFirst: an Introduction to Switzerland's public holidays\n\n\n\nThe Swiss holidays are general for the whole nation, some religious holidays or more local holidays are only marked in specific cantons and regions in Switzerland. This actually means, not all cantons or regions have the same public holidays, so it is important to look at whether your holiday destination has certain public holidays during your visit.\n\n\n\nMost public holidays are in cantons where Catholicism is the main religion. The national holidays are strict and this means all shops and all public institutions are closed on these days. The first and most important public holiday is the Swiss National Day, which always falls on the first of August. This is in fact the only official federal holiday. To keep in mind, if the Swiss National holiday(1st of August falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, it is common that workers to create a long weekend and take Monday or Friday off. \n\n\n\nNational Public Holidays in Switzerland in 2022\n\n\n\nDateDayHolidayCantons1 JanSaturdayNew Year's DayNational15 AprFridayGood FridayNational except for TI & VS18 AprMondayEaster MondayNational except for NE, SO, VS& ZG26 MayThursdayAscension DayNational1 AugMondayNational DayNational1 NovTuesdayAll Saints' DayNational except AR, BL, BS,BE, GE, GR, NE, SH,TG, VD & ZH25 DecSundayChristmas DayNational26 DecMondaySt Stephen's DayNational except GE, JU, NE,SO, VS, VD & ZG\n\n\n\nWhat are the Cantons of Switzerland?\n\n\n\nZ\u00fcrich ( ZH )Bern \/ Berne ( BE )Luzern ( LU )Uri ( UR )Schwyz ( SZ )Unterwalden (Obwalden ( OW ) \/ Nidwalden ( NW ))Glarus ( GL )Zug ( ZG )\n\n\n\nWhat are the Regional holidays in the winter in 2022?\n\n\n\nDate and dayDescription and places8 September (Thursday): Jeune genevois \u2013 Geneva 12 September (Monday):Knabenschiessen \u2013 Zurich 18 September (Sunday): The Federal Fast (Bu\u00df-und Bettag), is a federal day of thanksgiving, repentance, and prayer. Regional differences include: Geneva (which celebrates Je\u00fbne genevois on 6 September); stores in Bern, Neuch\u00e2tel, Vaud generally close for Bettagsmontag on September 16 (Monday after the third Sunday) 25 September (Sunday): St Niklaus von Fl\u00fce \u2013 Obwalden 1 November (Tuesday): All Saints\u2019 Day (Allerheiligen) \u2013 Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Glarus, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, St Gallen, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug 8 December (Thursday): Immaculate Conception (Maria Empfangnis) \u2013Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Graub\u00fcnden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug 26 December (Monday): St Stephen\u2019s Day (Stephenstag) \u2013 is generally considered a normal working day in Geneva, Jura, Neuch\u00e2tel, Valais, Vaud 31 December (Saturday): Restoration Day \u2013 Geneva, a commemoration of the re-establishment of Geneva as a republic in 1813. \n\n\n\nWhat are the Regional Holidays in Switzerland in 2022?\n\n\n\nThese regional holidays are only for the Swiss cantons mentioned below.\n\n\n\nDate and dayDescription and places2 January (Sunday): Berchtold\u2019s Day (Berchtoldstag) \u2013 Aargau, Bern, Fribourg, Glarus, Jura, Lucerne, Neuch\u00e2tel, Obwalden, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, Vaud, Zug, Zurich 6 January (Thursday): Epiphany (Heilige Drei Konige) \u2013 Graub\u00fcnden, Lucerne, Schwyz, Ticino, Uri 1 March (Tuesday): Republic Day \u2013 Neuch\u00e2tel; this region declared itself a republic and part of Switzerland in 1848 19 March (Saturday): St Joseph\u2019s Day (Josefstag) \u2013 Graub\u00fcnden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri, Valais 7 April (Thursday): N\u00e4felser Fahrt (pilgrimage to the battle site) \u2013 Glarus 15 April (Friday): Good Friday (Karfreitag) \u2013 all cantons but Ticino and Valais 25 April (Monday): Sechsel\u00e4uten (6 o\u2019clock ringing of the bells, third Monday of April) \u2013 afternoon only, Zurich 1 May (Sunday): Labor Day\/May Day (Tag der Arbeit) \u2013 Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Fribourg, Jura, Lucerne, Neuch\u00e2tel, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, Ticino, Zurich 6 June (Monday): Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (Pfingstmontag) \u2013 celebrated depending on the canton and region 16 June (Thursday): Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) \u2013 Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Grisons, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug 23 June (Tuesday): Jura Independence Day (F\u00eate d\u2019Ind\u00e9pendance) \u2013 Jura 29 June (Wednesday): Saint Peter\u2019s\/Paul\u2019s Day \u2013 Graub\u00fcnden, Lucerne, Ticino 15 August (Monday): Assumption Day \u2013 Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, St Gallen, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug \n\n\n\nWhat are important dates in Switzerland in 2022 to note down?\n\n\n\nDate and dayDescription and places7\u20139 March: Carnival;it is not really a typical official public holiday, this is a widely celebrated Swiss holiday in Switzerland.27 March (Sunday): Important: the clocks go forward by one hour, which means saving an hour of daylight. Starting of the daylight saving time(DST) 8 May (Sunday): Mother\u2019s Day (the second Sunday in May) 5 June (Sunday): Father\u2019s Day (the first Sunday in June) 30 October (Sunday): Important the clocks go back one hour as a result of daylight saving time (DST) ending. \n\n\n\nThe Swiss National day\n\n\n\nSwiss National Day in Z\u00fcrich\n\n\n\nWhen does the Swiss national day take place?\n\n\n\nThe Swiss National day takes place in 2022 on the 1st of August. This is a Monday. This day marks the annual celebration of Swiss National Day. \n\n\n\nWhat is the history behind the Swiss National day?\n\n\n\nIt all started with men from the three cantons: Unterwalden, Uri, and Schwyz, "at the beginning of the month of August 1291" swore eternal allegiance to one another, promising mutual help and assistance. The alliance was mainly formed against the Habsburgs, who were striving to strengthen their position in the strategic region leading to the Gotthard Pass at the time.\n\n\n\nIn 1891 the Swiss National Day was first decided upon, though it took more than a hundred years before the industrious Swiss decided to have a vote and give themselves the day off.\n\n\n\nFollowing the vote in September 1993, the day became an official national holiday in 1994. Interesting fact: the people of Switzerland voted overwhelmingly (86.3%) for a nationwide public holiday on this date.\n\n\n\nWhat happens on Swiss National day?\n\n\n\nAugust 1st is celebrated actually quite exclusively within the communities, yes the radio and television broadcast by the President of the Swiss Confederation is the only exception to this esteemed federal principle. Communal celebrations comprise solemn words spoken by a prominent public figure from political or cultural life, accompanied by a concert or choir, gymnastic presentations, and the community singing the national anthem.\n\n\n\nIs everything closed on Swiss National Day?\n\n\n\nThe Bundesfeier is a public holiday in all of Switzerland. Offices, banks, schools, and businesses are closed. Keep in mind during Swiss National day, public transport runs on a reduced schedule.\n\n\n\nIs 1 August, Swiss National day a public holiday?\n\n\n\nYes, The most important of all holidays in Switzerland is the Swiss National Day, which falls on the first of August every year and in fact, this is the only official federal holiday. So most shops are closed, schools and banks as well.\n\n\n\nWhat do people do on Swiss National Day?\n\n\n\nOn the first of Auguster, there are celebrations in the communities all around Switzerland. In most cases, the official ceremonies include prayer and the singing of the Swiss national anthem (the Schweizerpsalm). At 8:00 p.m. (20:00) church bells ring throughout the country.\n\n\n\nComing Swiss National days\n\n\n\nThe yearWeekdayDateNameHoliday type2022Monday1 AugSwiss National DayNational holiday2023Tuesday1 AugSwiss National DayNational holiday2024Thursday1 AugSwiss National DayNational holiday2025Friday1 AugSwiss National DayNational holiday2026Saturday1 AugSwiss National DayNational holiday\n\n\n\nHow do you say Happy Swiss National Day?\n\n\n\nWhen visiting Switzerland during the day, they celebrate Swiss National day, it is nice to be able to say Happy Swiss National day: "Ich w\u00fcnsche dir einen sch\u00f6nen Bundesfeiertag!"\n\n\n\nWhat is the Swiss National Anthem called?\n\n\n\nThe Swiss National Anthem is called: the Swiss Psalm. The first Swiss national anthem was \u201cRufst du, Mein Vaterland \u201d (When you call us, Fatherland), written in 1811 by Johann Rudolf Wyss and sung to the tune of the British national anthem \u201cGod Save the Queen\u201d. The current anthem, referred to as the 'Swiss Psalm', was first performed in 1841.\n\n\n\nAre there fireworks on Swiss National Day?\n\n\n\nFireworks, Lake Geneva, Switzerland\n\n\n\nYes, Swiss National day has been an official holiday since 1994, following the acceptance of a federal popular initiative in its favour in 1993. On 1 August, Swiss National Day, this is is celebrated each year with paper lantern parades, bonfires, hanging strings of Swiss flags, and fireworks. This looks beautiful if the sky is clear.\n\n\n\nConclusion \n\n\n\nThis blog informs you about important festive or national dates in Switzerland. There are quite some days when swiss people lay down their work and take some time to celebrate or to commemorate. It can be to your advantage to take into account these days because for example banks or restaurants can be closed during these days. If you have any questions left, please leave a comment below!