Switzerland celebrates national holiday
1 August 2008
SWITZERLAND – Thousands of Swiss flags are flying outside houses and public buildings across Switzerland on 1 August as the country celebrates its national day.
Declared an offical holiday since 1993, the national day of Switzerland remains a celebration within communities, except for a radio or television broadcast by the President of the Swiss Confederation.
Celebrations within the different cantons differ and can range from concerts, performances, displays of fireworks or even bonfire.
Switzerland celebrated its first National Day on 1891 even though the country was formed long before that.
The annual celebration was then introduced in 1899 and was demanded by Swiss living abroad back then who wanted a special day to celebrate the birth of their home country, just like other nationalities.
For information on where and how the Swiss are celebrating their special day, click here.