When is Restoration Day?
How long until Restoration Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 15 Days.|
Dates of Restoration Day
|Geneva only. Marks the restoration of the Geneva Republic after French occupation by Napoleon.|
Restoration Day is a Swiss regional public holiday celebrated on 31 December each year in the canton of Geneva.
Known in French as 'fête de la Restauration de la République', the holiday commemorates the re-establishment of Geneva as a republic in 1813.
History of Restoration Day
In April 1798, French revolutionary troops annexed Geneva. French control and occupation lasted over 15 years until the defeat of France in the Napoleonic Wars. On 31 December 1813, the last French troops left Geneva and the Restoration of the Republic of Geneva was declared.
Shortly after, on 1 June 1814, Geneva was admitted to the Swiss Confederation.
To mark the anniversary of the restoration, cannons are fired at 8am on 31 December from the Promenade de la Treille. This is followed by an official governmental ceremony and a memorial service at the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and a concert in the cathedral.