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St. Stephen's Day in Switzerland

Quick Facts

The Feast of Saint Stephen is a public holiday in large parts of Switzerland.

Local names

NameLanguage
StephanstagGerman
Saint EtienneFrench
Giorno di Santo StefanoItalian
Saint SteffanRomansh
St. Stephen's DayEnglish

Alternative name

2nd day of Christmas

St. Stephen's Day 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

St. Stephen's Day 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Feast of Saint Stephen on December 26 is a public holiday in large parts of Switzerland. The observation is nowadays commonly considered the second and last day of Christmas. However, according to Christian liturgy it does not have anything to do with the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ but is a religious holiday in its own right.

The last Christmas sweets are eaten on St. Stephen's Day.

©iStockphoto.com/Adrian Assalve

What do people do?

Many people in Switzerland spend St. Stephen's Day with family and friends. Some may attend a church service, others use the last work-free day of the Christmas period to relax at home or go on long walks or skiing trips.

Public life

St. Stephen's Day is a public holiday or “silent day” in the following cantons:

It is also a public holiday or “silent day” in some communes of the following cantons:

In these areas, offices, banks, schools and most businesses are closed. This may also be the case in the rest of Switzerland. In most areas, public transport runs on a reduced schedule.

Background

According to the Bible, Saint Stephen was a contemporary of Jesus Christ. In Christianity, he is considered the arch martyr because he is said to be the first person executed on grounds of his Christian faith.

St. Stephen's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedDec 261990St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
ThuDec 261991St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SatDec 261992St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SunDec 261993St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
MonDec 261994St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
TueDec 261995St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
ThuDec 261996St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
FriDec 261997St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SatDec 261998St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SunDec 261999St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
TueDec 262000St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
WedDec 262001St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
ThuDec 262002St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
FriDec 262003St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SunDec 262004St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
MonDec 262005St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
TueDec 262006St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
WedDec 262007St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
FriDec 262008St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SatDec 262009St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SunDec 262010St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
MonDec 262011St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
WedDec 262012St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
ThuDec 262013St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
FriDec 262014St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SatDec 262015St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
MonDec 262016St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
TueDec 262017St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
WedDec 262018St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
ThuDec 262019St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS
SatDec 262020St. Stephen's DayCommon Local holidaysAll except JU, VD, VS

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