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May Day in Switzerland

May Day, or Labor Day, is a public holiday in many countries worldwide. It usually occurs around May 1, but the date varies across countries. It is associated with the start of spring as well as the celebration of workers.

Is May Day a Public Holiday?

May Day is a public holiday in 10 cantons, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

May Day, known as Labor Day in some countries, is a day of rest and is usually held in the spring.
May Day, known as Labor Day in some countries, is a day of rest and is usually held in the spring.
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About May Day

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May Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SatMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2011SunMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2012TueMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2013WedMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2014ThuMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2015FriMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2016SunMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2017MonMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2018TueMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2019WedMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2020FriMay 1May DayCommon local holidaysAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
* Only some parts of Fribourg and Solothurn observe this holiday.

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