Wednesday, August 02nd, 2006 | Author:

Swiss National Day [1] celebrates the time when the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden formed the Old Swiss Confederacy in 1291 against the Habsburg, who had revoked their independent status of reichsfreiheit and instated government with reeves in 1273.
It was first instated in 1891 when the city of Bern wanted to celebrate its 700 year anniversary. It is celebrated each year on August 1st with town-wide paper lantern parades, bonfires, hanging strings of swiss flags and fireworks [2].
I worked with the firefighters of my village (few pictures). After the bonfire, some firefighters had a little problem with fire, but without incident [3].

Notes

[1] Nationalfeiertag in German, Fête nationale Suisse in French, Festa nazionale Svizzera in Italian, Fiasta naziunala Svizra in Romanish

[2] This year, with drought and high temperatures, almost every canton prohibited fireworks.

[3] Not as another village, Bernex, who more than 1150 straw bales burnt.

Category: Switzerland
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