It’s Swiss National Day! We hope everyone is enjoying the public holiday.
Swiss National Day, celebrated on 1st August, refers to the official agreement of The Federal Charter of 1291, marking the historic alliance between the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden.
Despite having been an event in Switzerland for more than a century, the country only voted to make the day a national holiday in 1993, with the first non-working national day taking place in 1994.
Each canton, town or even village celebrates the day with their own traditions and varying events. Famously, spots such as Rhine Falls and Rütli Meadow have larger celebrations that are acknowledged across the nation.
Whether it’s fireworks and light displays, or historic reenactments and parades, Swiss National Day is celebrated nationwide to acknowledge the coming into existence of one nation.
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