Swiss Federal Fast in Switzerland in 2021

Swiss Federal Fast in Switzerland in 2021

  How long until Swiss Federal Fast?
Swiss Federal Fast
  Dates of Swiss Federal Fast in Switzerland
2022 Sep 18
AargauSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
BernSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
FribourgSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
GlarusSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
GraubündenSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
JuraSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
ObwaldenSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
St. GallenSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
ThurgauSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
UriSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
VaudSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
ZugSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
ZurichSun, Sep 18Regional Holiday
2021 Sep 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
2020 Sep 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
2019 Sep 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
2018 Sep 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

A Swiss government-arranged multi-denominational holiday celebrated by Christians and the Jewish community

  Which regions observe Swiss Federal Fast in 2021?
  AargauSep 19Regional Holiday
  Appenzell AusserrhodenSep 19Regional Holiday
  Appenzell InnerrhodenSep 19Regional Holiday
  Basel-LandschaftSep 19Regional Holiday
  Basel-StadtSep 19Regional Holiday
  BernSep 19Regional Holiday
  FribourgSep 19Regional Holiday
  GlarusSep 19Regional Holiday
  GraubündenSep 19Regional Holiday
  JuraSep 19Regional Holiday
  LucerneSep 19Regional Holiday
  NeuchâtelSep 19Regional Holiday
  NidwaldenSep 19Regional Holiday
  ObwaldenSep 19Regional Holiday
  SchaffhausenSep 19Regional Holiday
  SchwyzSep 19Regional Holiday
  SolothurnSep 19Regional Holiday
  St. GallenSep 19Regional Holiday
  ThurgauSep 19Regional Holiday
  TicinoSep 19Regional Holiday
  UriSep 19Regional Holiday
  ValaisSep 19Regional Holiday
  VaudSep 19Regional Holiday
  ZugSep 19Regional Holiday
  ZurichSep 19Regional 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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