The National Day of Liechtenstein is on the 15 August (The Hereditary Prince becomes Regent 2004). This day is also known as the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. You will note that Liechtenstein is predominantly a Roman Catholic population. The day starts with a mass at the Cathedral of St. Florin in Vaduz.
National Day of Liechtenstein
Because Liechtenstein has been an independent principality since 1719. The country was formed when the two territories joined in order to create the country. These two regions had been the region of Schellenberg and Vaduz. The country has always had close ties to the Roman Catholic Church, which has been the predominant religion in Liechtenstein for centuries. See also the National Day of the Vatican.
Likewise in 1940 it was Prince Franz Joseph II who declared the 15th August was a national holiday in Liechtenstein. This was as well in recognition of both the religious and historical significance of the day. The holiday was intended to promote national unity and pride, and to provide an opportunity for the people of Liechtenstein to celebrate their country’s culture and traditions. you can also see the National Day of Switzerland as well as the National Day of Sweden.
Public Holidays in Liechtenstein
Likewise in Liechtenstein, there are public holidays observed throughout the year:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Epiphany – January 6th
- Good Friday – The Friday before Easter Sunday
- Easter Monday – The Monday after Easter Sunday
- Labour Day – May 1st
- Ascension Day – 40 days after Easter Sunday
- Whit Monday – The day after Pentecost
- Corpus Christi – The Thursday after Trinity Sunday
- National Day – August 15th
- Assumption Day – August 15th
- All Saints’ Day – November 1st
- Immaculate Conception – December 8th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
Note that some of the holidays are religious in nature, reflecting the predominantly Roman Catholic culture of Liechtenstein.