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National day fireworks - Switzerland

National day fireworks

Swiss National Day

The country's national day is celebrated every first of August . Everywhere is decorated with lanterns which give a beautiful lighting as soon as darkness breaks out . Most balconies , terraces and restaurants are also decorated with little swiss flags and banners. In some public places, people gathers around a bonfire and listen speeches about its independence. The thought- provoking words from an eminent cultural or political speakers, with songs and music,some gymnastic shows and group performances of the National Anthem are the traditional elements of the day.
It is a national holiday thus all shops are closed except at airports and train mainstations.
Many municipalities celebrated it with cultural parades and set off fireworks, in which, some of these are ignited on mountain tops and hills. These great firewoks display draws a large number of both foreign and local spectators....including me and my family :-) My fav one is in Interlaken.

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  • Updated May 14, 2007
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Carnival or Fasnacht - Switzerland
Carnival or Fasnacht

The Carnival opening is always held yearly on the 11th of November at 11 o'clock in the morning. The locals called it 11.11.11.(elfte.elfte.elfte.) This tradition is incomparable to most carnivals like in Brazil or to any part of the world. It is an event of masks, music and costumes, held throughout Switzerland, but the dates and details vary from canton to canton. It is normally just before or just after the beginning of Lent. The roots of the tradition are disputed: some people claim it goes back to a mixture of pagan spring festivals, Christian rites and secular folk customs. In some cantons, carnival is based on pagan traditions of using fearsome masks to chase away evil spirits. The most popular Faschnacht is in Basel, Lucerne and Ticino.

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  • Written Nov 20, 2006
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