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Swiss National Day

By John Reality, Cambodia, July 2012

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Some of the most exciting public gatherings in Switzerland are held in honor of Swiss National Day on August 1st. If you find yourself in the country at the appropriate time of year, brace yourself for some massive partying.

Swiss citizens gather together to eat, drink, be merry, set off fireworks, light bonfires and generally have a good time (particularly in Zurich and Geneva). The celebrations commemorate the date in the late 13th century when three Alpine cantons combined to form what we know of as modern Switzerland. That said, locals have been lighting bonfires in annual summer celebrations since time immemorial. Legend has it that the tradition originated in the practice of setting warning bonfires ablaze on mountain peaks to warn off invading barbarian hoards.

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Photo courtesy of Wouter Hagens via Wikimedia.

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