St. Stephen's Day in Switzerland in 2019

St. Stephen's Day in Switzerland in 2019
  How long until St. Stephen's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 161 days.
  Dates of St. Stephen's Day in Switzerland
2021Dec 26
AargauSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
BernSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GlarusSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
St. GallenSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ThurgauSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
UriSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ZurichSun, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2020Dec 26
AargauSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
BernSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
FribourgSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GlarusSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GraubündenSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
LucerneSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchwyzSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SolothurnSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
St. GallenSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ThurgauSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TicinoSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
UriSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ZurichSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2019Dec 26
AargauThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
BernThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
FribourgThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GlarusThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GraubündenThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
LucerneThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
NidwaldenThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ObwaldenThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchwyzThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SolothurnThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
St. GallenThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ThurgauThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TicinoThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
UriThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ZurichThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2018Dec 26
AargauWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
BernWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
FribourgWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GlarusWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GraubündenWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
LucerneWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
NidwaldenWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ObwaldenWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchwyzWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SolothurnWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
St. GallenWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ThurgauWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TicinoWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
UriWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ZurichWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2017Dec 26
AargauTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
BernTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
FribourgTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GlarusTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
GraubündenTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
LucerneTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
NidwaldenTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ObwaldenTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SchwyzTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
SolothurnTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
St. GallenTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ThurgauTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TicinoTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
UriTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ZugTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
ZurichTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
  Summary
26th December is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as a second day of Christmas holidays in several countries.
  Local name
Stephanstag
  St. Stephen's Day in other countries
St. Stephen's Day internationally
  Which regions observe St. Stephen's Day in 2019?
Aargau  AargauDec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell Ausserrhoden  Appenzell AusserrhodenDec 26Regional Holiday
Appenzell Innerrhoden  Appenzell InnerrhodenDec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-Landschaft  Basel-LandschaftDec 26Regional Holiday
Basel-Stadt  Basel-StadtDec 26Regional Holiday
Bern  BernDec 26Regional Holiday
Fribourg  FribourgDec 26Regional Holiday
Glarus  GlarusDec 26Regional Holiday
Graubünden  GraubündenDec 26Regional Holiday
Lucerne  LucerneDec 26Regional Holiday
Nidwalden  NidwaldenDec 26Regional Holiday
Obwalden  ObwaldenDec 26Regional Holiday
Schaffhausen  SchaffhausenDec 26Regional Holiday
Schwyz  SchwyzDec 26Regional Holiday
Solothurn  SolothurnDec 26Regional Holiday
St. Gallen  St. GallenDec 26Regional Holiday
Thurgau  ThurgauDec 26Regional Holiday
Ticino  TicinoDec 26Regional Holiday
Uri  UriDec 26Regional Holiday
Zurich  ZurichDec 26Regional Holiday

St. Stephen's Day in Switzerland

St. Stephen's Day is a regional public holiday in all Swiss Cantons, with the exception of Geneva, Jura and Neuchâtel. It is always observed on December 26th no matter what day of the week that falls on.

When is St. Stephen's Day?

Saint Stephen's Day, 26th December is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as the second day of Christmas holidays in several countries.

In commonwealth countries, the day after Christmas day is a holiday but known as Boxing Day. In some countries, the day after Christmas Day may also be known as the 'Second Day of Christmas' or the 'Day after Christmas'.

History of St. Stephen's Day

In non-Commonwealth countries, the day is more commonly referred to as St Stephen's Day or the feast of Stephen as mentioned in the carol 'Good King Wenceslas'.

Did you know?

St. Stephen is the patron saint of Bricklayers

There are two Saints called Stephen. St. Stephen's Day on 26th December commemorates St. Stephen who was the first Christian Martyr.

Stephen was a Greek Jew who had converted to Christianity. He was appointed as one of seven deacons to help with organizing the early Christian church.

Due to his preaching about Christianity, he was accused of blasphemy and stood trial at a Jewish court in about 34 CE.

During the trial he made a long speech, saying that Christianity supported the teachings of Moses. This so enraged the crowd at the trial, that he was dragged away and stoned to death by a mob. It is said that the mob was encouraged on by Saul of Tarsus, who later became Saint Paul.

The other St. Stephen was St. Stephen of Hungary, who was the first king of Hungary and is noted for converting the Magyar people to Christianity.

Good King Wenceslas

The feast of St. Stephen is probably best known for its appearance in the famous Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslas.

"Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even"

Wenceslas was a King in Bohemia in the 10th century CE. Like Stephen, Wenceslas became a Saint after his death and like Stephen, even has his own public holiday.

The words to the carol were written by John Mason Neale in 1853. The music was originally from a song about spring, popular in the 14th century.

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