Saturday 1 August 2015

Swiss National Day 2015

The 1st August means one thing - it's Swiss National Day. For those of you unfamiliar with this day here is a little history about this Swiss public holiday........

"The Swiss National Day is the national holiday of Switzerland, set on 1 August. It is an official national holiday since 1994, although the day had been suggested for the celebration of the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy as early as 1889.

The day of independence is typically celebrated at a local, municipality level though certain events draw nation-wide attention. Since the mid-19th century, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen has illuminated its 25 meter high waterfalls for special events. Beginning in 1920, the waterfall has been regularly lit for the national holiday and since 1966 is now lit only for this holiday. At the historic location of Rütli Meadow above Lake Lucerne, a representational celebration is staged in the location where the legendary pledge of alliance, the Rütlischwur is said to have taken place. In Basel there are fireworks at the Rhine."

I would like to send all of my Swiss and Expat friends my best wishes and hope your having a wonderful Swiss National Day xx

1 comment

  1. Hope you had a great day yesterday! For me, August 1 has extra special meaning because it's the day my fiancé proposed to me last year :-)


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