Here are the public holidays in the Basel region: in Switzerland: Basel-City, Basel-Country, and Solothurn; in France: Elsass; and in Germany: Baden-Würtemberg.


Holiday Schedule

DateHolidayType
Jan 1, 2016New Year´s DayOH
Mar 25, 2016Good FridayOH
Mar 28, 2016Easter MondayOH
May 1, 2016Labor DayOH
May 5, 2016Ascension DayOH
May 16, 2016Whit MondayOH
Aug 1, 2016Swiss National DayOH
Dec 25, 2016ChristmasOH
Dec 26, 2016St. Stephen´s DayOH

DateHolidayType
Jan 1, 2016New Year´s DayOH
Mar 25, 2016Good FridayOH
Mar 28, 2016Easter MondayOH
May 1, 2016Labor DayOH
May 5, 2016Ascension DayOH
May 16, 2016Whit MondayOH
Aug 1, 2016Swiss National DayOH
Dec 25, 2016ChristmasOH
Dec 26, 2016St. Stephen´s DayOH

DateHolidayType
Jan 1, 2016New Year´s DayOH
Mar 25, 2016Good FridayOH
May 5, 2016Ascension DayOH
May 26, 2016Corpus ChristiOH
Aug 1, 2016Swiss National DayOH
Aug 15, 2016Assumption DayOH
Sep 22, 2016Saint MauriceRH
Nov 1, 2016All Saints’ DayOH
Dec 25, 2016ChristmasOH

DateHolidayType
Jan 1, 2016New Year´s DayOH
Jan 6, 2016EpiphanyOH
Mar 25, 2016Good FridayOH
Mar 28, 2016Easter MondayOH
May 1, 2016Labor DayOH
May 5, 2016Ascension DayOH
May 16, 2016Whit MondayOH
May 26, 2016Corpus ChristiOH
Oct 3, 2016Day of German UnityOH
Nov 1, 2016All Saints’ DayOH
Dec 25, 2016ChristmasOH
Dec 26, 20162nd Day of ChristmasOH

DateHolidayType
Jan 1, 2016New Year´s DayOH
Mar 25, 2016Good FridayOH
Mar 28, 2016Easter MondayOH
May 1, 2016Labour DayOH
May 5, 2016Ascension DayOH
May 8, 2016Victory Day 1945OH
May 16, 2016Whit MondayOH
Jul 14, 2016French National DayOH
Aug 15, 2016Assumption DayOH
Nov 1, 2016All Saints’ DayOH
Nov 11, 2016Armistice Day 1918OH
Dec 25, 2016ChristmasOH
Dec 26, 2016St. Stephen´s DayOH

OH=Official public holiday (like Sunday: banks, stores, schools and businesses are closed) / V1.0
Holiday laws in Switzerland
1. a) Switzerland makes a difference between official public holidays and days that count like public holidays.
   b) Both are regulated by Swiss cantons (Swiss states)
   c) The only exception is August 1st (Swiss National Day), which is a national holiday
2.   In Switzerland, only 3 days are recognized by all Swiss cantons as official public holidays: New Years, Ascension Day, and Christmas Day (plus the national public holiday: Swiss National Day).
3.   On public holidays, the quite times of Sunday count. For example you are not allowed to mow the lawn or drop off recycled glass.
4.   Swiss cantons are either Catholic or Protestant. Catholic cantons (such as Solothurn) have more holidays than protestant cantons (such as both Basels). Lörrach is also considered Catholic and has additional public holidays – such as January 6th “Three Kings Day”
5.   Some companies grant their employees an early leave at 4pm (or earlier) before public holidays. While this used to be a Swiss law, companies are no longer obligated to do so since.
6.   During the carnival season, many companies grant half or one full day off. There are no laws that mandate this across all of the canton.
7.   If an employee was sick during a public holiday, he or she cannot compensate that day.
8.   Above tables and points 1-7 are without guarantee. Basel Buzz is not liable for their accuracy. (Der Rechtsweg is ausgeschlossen) If you notice a mistake please write in the blow comment section, write to info@basel.buzz, or send a msg to any of the Basel Buzz Social Media channels.

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