Events  Swiss National Day: “One for all, all for one"
01/08/201500:00 TV5MONDE


After France on July 14th; Belgium on July 21st; it is now time for Switzerland to celebrate the national day, on August 1st. The Swiss National Day has been celebrated since 1891.


 


Like most of national days, there is a story hiding behind this day. 
 
Back in year 1291 at the beginning of August, people from the Uri valley; people from the Unterwald valley and those from the Schwyz valley signed an agreement. In the latter they promised to each other mutual assistance and help. This is actually where the famous motto: “Un pour tous, tous pour un” comes from. In English: “One for all, all for one". This slogan is pretty famous as it is traditionally associated with the titular heroes of the novel “The Three Musketeers” written by Alexandre Dumas
 
Let’s go back to the point: the treaty has been considered as the official start of the Swiss confederation. However, the present structure of the country refers to the agreements ratified in 1848. 
 



The National Day is all about folklore! The celebration seems predominant in the villages and more rural areas. Swiss people like to introduce their lifestyle and culture to the visitors. No matter what time of the year you go there, you will always get a chance to discover their unique custom and traditions. Traditional music and songs are definitely part of it. Do you know what yodeling is? Watch this video: 




 
And what about the most typical Swiss instrument: the alphorn? The warm sounds of this original instrument are far-reaching - which is probably the reason why it was once used by shepherds to communicate. 




On such a day, families and friends dress in traditional costumes, walk around the villages to watch or to participate in the parades… Of course, the day is crowned with fireworks! 




 

Another particularity about Switzerland is the fact that several languages are spoken: German, French, Italian and Romansh. There are around 5.4 billion French speakers among the 7.5 billions Swiss people. Switzerland has been a member of the Francophonie Organization since 1996. 
(It is also important to note that their German differs from the "classic" German language. Here, it's called "Swiss German”.)

 


It would be awkward to speak about Switzerland without mentioning its scenic environment. Let’s grab the opportunity to discover the magic nature of Switzerland. Among the mountains, lakes, glaciers, parks and cities, there are many sites in Switzerland that have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage. 

Switzerland is a picturesque country rich in landscapes that defy description. The lakes are either turquoise or pastel blue and even a tad cold sometimes. Among the most famous: the Lake Constance; the Lake Zurich





 
… the Lake Geneva, also called "Large Water" or "Lem an", and it is to this day called Lac Léman in French. Isn’t it astonishing?

Switzerland has not only flat lakes but also high mountains, that are great to hike during both winter and summer. The view from the top is often breathtaking and is worth the efforts. The air is pure and fresh and you can feel like you are in a new world. Summer hikes are more fun as you can make some new friends: cows, sheep and all kind of wild animals:





The Swiss Alps represent a major natural feature of the country with 65% of Switzerland's surface area. Switzerland is a very attractive destination in summer, but also in winter for the ski season. 

 


 
Le Creux du Van is a natural rock arena of immense proportions, located at the border of the cantons of Neuenburg and Vaud. Its impressive 160 meters high vertical rock faces surround a four kilometers long and over one-kilometer wide valley basin. 

 

 

More than mountains, there are also glaciers (with snow and ice all year long). 
Here, the Jungfrau railway makes you travel from the heart of the mountains to Europe’s highest lying mountain station at an altitude of 3454 meters! 

 

 
Beside the nature, the cities are also wonderful in Switzerland, and very charming: Bern (the capital city); Basel; Geneva; Zurich; Lausanne; Lucerna; Bellinzona; Montreux Riviera
 


 

The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its 6 kilometers of arcades – referred as 'Lauben' by the locals - boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. 
 
 
Swiss delights: 

 
 


 
Chocolate: The invention of milk chocolate by Daniel Peter as well as the development of conching (fondant chocolate) by Rodolphe Lindt were closely connected with the rise of Swiss chocolate's renown. 




Cheese of course! Such as, for example, the soft and melting Vacherin cheese. The aromatic Appenzeller. The full-flavoured Sbrinz. The Emmentaler, famous for its big holes. The world-famous Gruyère. Or the Tête de Moine, which is shaved into decorative rosettes.
All of these – and their round about 450 other cheese siblings – make a fondue, a raclette, an «afternoon snack platter» a real culinary experience.
Alp cheese is made with milk from the cows, goats or sheep that graze on the Alpine pastures. No wonder it's so delicious...

 

 
Heidi story: Johanna Spyri did not only create international bestsellers, but she also created a romantic and ideal-typical image of Switzerland that is still widely held today.

 


Swiss wrestling: In earlier times the Alpine herdsmen and farmers would show off their strength in bouts of wrestling at festivals. Now the sport has become professional with fixed rules and with a national competition where the country’s wrestling king is crowned.
 
 
This is just a short description of Switzerland. And if you've never been there, we highly recommend you to visit. It's wonderful...


 
On this joyful day, we would like to wish all our Swiss friends in Asia, Pacific and around the world a very happy day!



 
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