Swiss National Day August 1 in- & outside Switzerland
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Start the day with a Farmer’s Brunch!
This is the 25th year that a network of 350 farm families throughout Switzerland open their doors for a hearty Swiss National Day brunch experience on their farm on August first. Guests can research and book through the online network https://www.brunch.ch/. Brunch is served between 9 am and 1 pm and the food is plentiful, local, frequently organic and typically Swiss! Some farms offer additional entertainment for adult and small brunchers and it is always fun to interact with the other guests!
Take part in the Artillerie Society’s Salute in honor of the Swiss Abroad
26 cannon shots for each Swiss Canton plus eight volleys (two shots) commemorating the eight old Swiss Cantons that joined the Confederation in 1352 are fired every year on Swiss National Day by the Lucerne Artillery Society from the promenade in Lucerne, steps from the city-center.
On August 1, 2017 the Swiss abroad are honored with an additional salve on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA).
If you’re Swiss and live outside Switzerland, you are invited by the Artillerie Society of Lucerne!
Assembly is at 10:30 am, August 1, 2017, in front of the Casino Lucerne at the Matthias-Luchsinger Platz. The Salute is followed by a reception offered by the Society to the Swiss Abroad. A military band and members of City Council will also be present. No reservations are required for this free event.
The cannons are Krupp, dating back to 1903, and were purchased from the Swiss Armed Forces. Swiss armament manufacturer Ruag supplies the ammunition. Permits from city police (division firearms and explosives), as well as the municipal events office of the city of Lucerne are required every year. And yes, you will need earplugs! Hope to see you there!
Listen to the Swiss Government speech by the President of the Confederation on July 31, 2017
End the day with a fabulous dinner & fireworks display aboard a historic steamship on Lake Lucerne
Swiss National Day celebrations around the globe
Swiss National Day is also celebrated around the globe by many Swiss living abroad. Members of Swiss clubs gather, listen to the federal speech that always contains a paragraph addressing them in particular; sing the National Anthem together and celebrate with their own program from a multiple families pot-luck get-together in a park or on a farm to the largest Swiss National Day celebration held outside Switzerland in Montreal, Canada, where year-after-year more than 3,000 Swiss come together to celebrate with their families and friends. Click on the pictures below to see some of the Swiss abroad communities around the globe.
The yearly tradition of celebrating Swiss National Day on August 1 dates back to the year 1891. It refers to the historic alliance between the cantons Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden to fight the Habsburgs and their control of the important north-south Gotthard Pass route. Modern-day Switzerland was built around this original alliance in the following five hundred years.
Today, the official Holiday is commemorated by the Government with a televised speech by the President of the Swiss Confederation. Public and private buildings are decorated with flags and August 1 is celebrated within the family by decorating home and garden with red-and-white paper lanterns which the children carry through the streets alighted at night, family parties with firecrackers, while nearly every community has a special program that usually includes an address by a prominent community figure, followed by a concert or other entertainment, the singing of the national anthem in which all gather around a bonfire and is oftentimes concluded with a display of fireworks.
In case you wondered about the eight old Cantons that joined the original three in the Confederation: they were: Luzern, Zürich, Glarus and Zug, and in 1353 Bern.
Happy August 1 Swiss National Day wherever you are!
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