St. Joseph's Day in Switzerland in 2020

St. Joseph's Day in Switzerland in 2020
Mosaic of St. Joseph in the Church of the Holy Family in Linz, Upper Austria. Image by Wolfgang Sauber , via Wikimedia Commons
  How long until St. Joseph's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 179 days.
  Dates of St. Joseph's Day in Switzerland
2021 Mar 19
GraubündenFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2020 Mar 19
GraubündenThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2019 Mar 19
GraubündenTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2018 Mar 19
GraubündenMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2017 Mar 19
GraubündenSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
  Summary
Feast day of St. Joseph. Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus
  Local name
Josefstag
  St. Joseph's Day in other countries
St. Joseph's Day internationally
  Which regions observe St. Joseph's Day in 2020?
Graubünden  GraubündenMar 19Regional Holiday
Lucerne  LucerneMar 19Regional Holiday
Nidwalden  NidwaldenMar 19Regional Holiday
Schwyz  SchwyzMar 19Regional Holiday
Solothurn  SolothurnMar 19Regional Holiday
Ticino  TicinoMar 19Regional Holiday
Uri  UriMar 19Regional Holiday
Valais  ValaisMar 19Regional Holiday

When is St. Joseph's Day?

Saint Joseph's Day, 19th March, has been the Feast of St. Joseph in Western Christianity since the tenth century.

In Colombia, St. Joseph's Day is celebrated on the Monday closest to 19th March.

In Spain, this is a regional holiday celebrated in Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia and Valenciana only.

In Switzerland, this is a regional holiday celebrated in Graubünden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri and Valais only

History of St. Joseph's Day

Saint Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus. All we know about Joseph comes from the accounts of the nativity in the New Testament.

He was a tradesman, commonly he is said to have been a carpenter, but it's possible he may have been a stone worker. He was said to have been a direct descendent of David, the great king of Israel.

Since Joseph is not mentioned in any accounts of Jesus' public life, his crucifixion, or resurrection, it is thought that Joseph died before Jesus started preaching.

St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Catholic Church, unborn children, fathers, immigrants, workers, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Despite knowing so little about Joseph, he still has two feast days in the Western church. In his capacity as the patron saint of Workers, 1st May was established as the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" in 1955. This is seen as an attempt to counteract the social and non religious growth of Labour Day as a worldwide holiday.

How is St. Joseph's Day celebrated?

St. Joseph's day always falls in Lent, so meals on his day are always associated with meatless dishes. In Italy a tradition is to serve food that contains bread crumbs as these represent saw dust since St. Joseph was a carpenter.

In Valencia, Spain, St. Joseph's Day is celebrated as Fallas, a city-wide celebration that lasts for five days.

The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Saint Joseph's Day on the Sunday after Christmas.

Fathers' Day

St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers and in some catholic countries, notably Italy, Portugal and Spain, Fathers' Day is celebrated on St. Joseph's Day.

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