Swiss Federal Fast in Switzerland in 2019

Swiss Federal Fast in Switzerland in 2019
  How long until Swiss Federal Fast?
This holiday next takes place in 58 days.
  Dates of Swiss Federal Fast in Switzerland
2021Sep 19
AargauSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
BernSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
GlarusSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
JuraSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
St. GallenSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
ThurgauSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
UriSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
VaudSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
ZugSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
ZurichSun, Sep 19Regional Holiday
2020Sep 20
AargauSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
BernSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
GlarusSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
JuraSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
St. GallenSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
ThurgauSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
UriSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
VaudSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
ZugSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
ZurichSun, Sep 20Regional Holiday
2019Sep 15
AargauSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
BernSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
GlarusSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
JuraSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
St. GallenSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
ThurgauSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
UriSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
VaudSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
ZugSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
ZurichSun, Sep 15Regional Holiday
2018Sep 16
AargauSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
BernSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
GlarusSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
JuraSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
St. GallenSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
ThurgauSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
UriSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
VaudSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
ZugSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
ZurichSun, Sep 16Regional Holiday
2017Sep 17
AargauSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
BernSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
GlarusSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
JuraSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
St. GallenSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
ThurgauSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
UriSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
VaudSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
ZugSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
ZurichSun, Sep 17Regional Holiday
  Summary
A Swiss government-arranged multi-denominational holiday celebrated by Christians and the Jewish community
  Which regions observe Swiss Federal Fast in 2019?
Aargau  AargauSep 15Regional Holiday
Appenzell Ausserrhoden  Appenzell AusserrhodenSep 15Regional Holiday
Appenzell Innerrhoden  Appenzell InnerrhodenSep 15Regional Holiday
Basel-Landschaft  Basel-LandschaftSep 15Regional Holiday
Basel-Stadt  Basel-StadtSep 15Regional Holiday
Bern  BernSep 15Regional Holiday
Fribourg  FribourgSep 15Regional Holiday
Glarus  GlarusSep 15Regional Holiday
Graubünden  GraubündenSep 15Regional Holiday
Jura  JuraSep 15Regional Holiday
Lucerne  LucerneSep 15Regional Holiday
Neuchâtel  NeuchâtelSep 15Regional Holiday
Nidwalden  NidwaldenSep 15Regional Holiday
Obwalden  ObwaldenSep 15Regional Holiday
Schaffhausen  SchaffhausenSep 15Regional Holiday
Schwyz  SchwyzSep 15Regional Holiday
Solothurn  SolothurnSep 15Regional Holiday
St. Gallen  St. GallenSep 15Regional Holiday
Thurgau  ThurgauSep 15Regional Holiday
Ticino  TicinoSep 15Regional Holiday
Uri  UriSep 15Regional Holiday
Valais  ValaisSep 15Regional Holiday
Vaud  VaudSep 15Regional Holiday
Zug  ZugSep 15Regional Holiday
Zurich  ZurichSep 15Regional Holiday

When is Federal Fast?

Known in German as 'Eidgenssischer Dank-, Buss- und Bettag' (or 'Bettag'), The Federal Fast is a Swiss government-arranged multi-denominational holiday celebrated by all Christian Churches and the Jewish community.

Most of Switzerland celebrates the holiday on the third Sunday in September. The canton of Geneva celebrates instead the Jeûne with a holiday on the Thursday after the first Sunday in September.

In Bern, Neuchâtel and Vaud, the Monday after 3rd Sunday in September is a holiday known as Bettagsmontag.

The Federal Fast is a high holiday with a similar stature to Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Christmas. Up to the year 2000, for example, in Zurich, shooting exercises, sports and dance events of any kind were prohibited; exhibitions, museums and cinemas remained closed. Today, museums open but firing exercises and public meetings of a non-religious nature are still not allowed.

History of Federal

Thanksgiving days (Bettag) had been a tradition in Switzerland since the late medieval period and special days of thanksgiving had been decreed by the Federal Government, for example in 1572 in Zurich for persecuted Huguenots, in 1639, after several epidemics of plague in St. Gallen and in 1651 because of an earthquake in Zurich in the previous year.

The first Bettag across all reformed cantons took place after the 1619 Synod of Dordrecht, to give thanks for the unity of the Reformation. From 1639, following the assassination of Jörg Jenatsch, Bettag was repeated annually to mark the sparing of Switzerland from involvement in the Thirty Years' War.

In 1643 the Catholic cantons also adopted a common Bettag but not on the same day as the one observed by the reformed cantons.

September 1797 marked the first time that a Bettag was observed by the Catholic and Reformed cantons, following a mandate from the Central Government of the Helvetic Republic.

In 1832 it was decided that the third Sunday in September was to be the date of Federal Feast. The government would determine what each Bettag would give thanks for.

Towards the end of the 19th Century, the federal government took less of a role in the mandates, leaving the wording to the various churches involved.

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