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Corpus Christi in Switzerland

Corpus Christi is a Christian observance that honors the Holy Eucharist. It is also known as the Feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ, as well as the Day of Wreaths. In some areas of Switzerland Corpus Christi is a public holiday.

Bread and wine are usually offered during Communion, or Eucharist, on Corpus Christi.
Bread and wine are usually offered during Communion, or Eucharist, on Corpus Christi.
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Public Life

Corpus Christi is a public holiday in the following cantons:

  • Appenzell Innerrhoden
  • Jura
  • Lucerne
  • Nidwalden
  • Obwalden
  • Schwyz
  • Uri
  • Valais
  • Zug

It is also a public holiday in some communes in the following cantons:

  • Aargau
  • Basel-Landschaft
  • Fribourg
  • Graubünden
  • Neuchâtel
  • Solothurn

In the named areas, offices, banks, schools and most businesses are closed for the day.

About Corpus Christi in other countries

Read more about Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
ThuJun 32010Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuJun 232011Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuJun 72012Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuMay 302013Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuJun 192014Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuJun 42015Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuMay 262016Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuJun 152017Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuMay 312018Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuJun 202019Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons
ThuJun 112020Corpus ChristiCommon Local holidays14 cantons

Quick Facts

Corpus Christi is a public holiday in a number of Switzerland's cantons.

Corpus Christi 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 (14 cantons)

Corpus Christi 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017 (14 cantons)

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
FronleichnamGerman
Fête-DieuFrench
Corpus DominiItalian
SontgilcrestRomansh
Corpus ChristiEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Switzerland

Fun Holiday on May 26, 2016

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