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      the bonfire under way
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  • the wood all neatly stacked up - Zürich
      the wood all neatly stacked up
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      raffle tickets (we actually won something)
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Swiss National Day is on the first of August which is a holiday. In Zurich there is an official part with a small cortège through part of Bahnhofstrasse where you may see people in traditional costumes, big cowbells etc. and then there is an official speech at Buerkliplatz.

In fact the official part starts very early in the morning around 7 am with the salute shots at Kolbenhof underneath Uetliberg. Depending on where you live, you will hear the shots across town. There are 38 of them apparently, although I didn't count that many. 26 for the number of Swiss cantons and 12 for the various parts of Zurich.

In the evening, you could for instance go to the local festivities in Seebach at the Buhnrain school. In front of the school building you will find a typical local 1st August party where families eat a Bratwurst or Cervelat, have a drink, buy raffle tickets and let their firework go off. A highlight is the big traditional bonfire which is looked after by the local fire brigade.

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  • Written Aug 15, 2010
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