Bundesfeier: Swiss National Day

August 1st is Switzerland’s national holiday, commemorating the first mutual protection alliance between 3 cantons (of the now 26)in central Switzerland in 1291.  Bundesfeiey celebrations across the country consist of brunches on farms, traditional singing and dancing, and even a cow ride or two.  In Zurich, the day started with a parade down the Bahnhofstrasse, speeches by politicians and young Zurichers, and a singing of the national anthem.  Then the party started – with raclette, spatzli, wurst sausages, and risotto food booths demonstrating food across Switzerland and traditional singing, dancing, and music groups performing yodel-esqe choruses.  Swiss flags were everywhere the eye could see, and the evening culminated with fireworks over the lake.

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