Swiss National Holiday

Swiss National Holiday Quick Facts - CH

AKA NameNat'l.feiertag Schweiz / Bundesfeier
2024 Date1 August 2024
2025 Date1 August 2025

Swiss National Day

Swiss National Day commemorates the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy. Also known as Bundesfeier in German, Fête nationale Suisse in French, and Festa nazionale Svizzera in Italian, the observance is celebrated to express national unity and pride. Key aspects of this day include traditional customs, cultural events, and firework displays to mark the occasion with enthusiasm and spirit.

The origin of Swiss National Day can be traced back to 1291 when the three alpine cantons of Switzerland - Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden - formed an alliance and sealed the Swiss Confederacy's birth. For people in the United Kingdom, the Swiss National Day sheds light on the strong relations between the two countries that have continued to grow since the early 20th century. Trade, tourism, and the fact that both countries share a strong commitment towards democracy, appreciation for multiculturalism, and mutual respect for each other's languages and traditions make Swiss National Day relevant to the people of the United Kingdom.

In the UK, Swiss National Day is primarily observed by Swiss expatriates and cultural organizations, which host various events to celebrate the day. These can include traditional Swiss music performances, culinary indulgences, and sporting events to bring the Swiss community together in the UK. Swiss National Day occurs annually on the 1st of August, allowing the expatriate Swiss community in the UK to join the celebrations with their fellow citizens in Switzerland.

Swiss National Holiday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Host a party and serve traditional Swiss foods such as raclette, fondue, Swiss chocolate, and Swiss wine.
  • Visit specialized Swiss bakeries and chocolatiers for authentic Swiss treats or create your own Swiss treats at home.
  • Find Swiss Associations or friendship groups in UK to connect with other Swiss nationals.

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