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The Lake of Biel - Celebrating The National Day of Switzerland - Fireworks

Updated on January 18, 2012
waiting for the fireworks at the Biel Lake Promenade
waiting for the fireworks at the Biel Lake Promenade | Source
Fireworks starts from 22:30 p.m. to 23:00 p.m.
Fireworks starts from 22:30 p.m. to 23:00 p.m.

The first August is the official national holiday in Switzerland. The three original cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Walden joined in the "eternal covenant" together.

1st August - National Day

Perhaps not known to commit the whole world, the Swiss people on 1st August national holiday with many celebrations, speeches and bonfires. Of course, in the end not be missing the fireworks.

On 1st August is thought to arise throughout Switzerland of the Swiss Confederation. The Confederation is, as its name suggests, due to a vow. Anyway, it is the legend Sun In 1291 AD, three representatives of the three forest cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Walden on Rütliwiese met by a defensive alliance against the Austrians and other enemies to be made. To seal the alliance, they vowed to "Rütlischwur," now familiar with each child in Switzerland. Speaking of children: The Rütliwiese belongs to the Swiss youth. With this oath everything started and with the times and the centuries it joined more and more cantons formed a peaceful or warlike, to be the original cantons, of Switzerland, as it exists today,. This fact is now so commemorated by the Swiss people every year on August 1st. On this day, hundreds of speeches are made, sausages are grilled and consumed even given free from some Swiss towns to the citizens, thousands to millions of francs of fireworks shot into the sky. In some places it is also contemplative and forth: with bonfires and minutes of silence ponders about the past, the future and life in general. It's a beautiful tradition that we make our Swiss National Day with bonfires seen from afar. Because bonfires lit across the valleys and mountains, are a powerful symbol of togetherness.

In any case, if you're a tourist in Switzerland, take the opportunity to participate in these festivities August 1.

Official Swiss holiday

The first August 1994 was first celebrated as an official federal holiday.

German National Day Switzerland
French: Fête nationale Suisse
Italian: Festa nazionale della Svizzera
English: Swiss National Holiday

A Part of The 30 Minutes Fireworks Show

Biel Lake - Late Afternoon

1 of the 2 ships with fireworks
1 of the 2 ships with fireworks
meeting point of the river and the lake of Biel
meeting point of the river and the lake of Biel


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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks Carol. Loved so much to visit SWITZERLAND some day. Actually did a hub about Rousseau, maybe you can give some feedback, Jean Jacques haven't had a comment at all. Be the first one! thanks!


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      7 years ago from Switzerland

      Added video of the Fireworks.

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      7 years ago from Switzerland

      Thank you suziecat7 fo ryour comment. Biel lake is beautiful, a mixture of culture a swiss-german part and swiss-french part.

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      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Beautiful photos - great Hub - I'm a fan.

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      7 years ago from Switzerland

      Thank you always exploring. Switzerland is known as the land of alps but it has also many beautiful lake promenades and other tourist attractions.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting and the pictures are beautiful, when i think of Switzerland, i only think of mountains,i see it has much more. Thank you.

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      7 years ago from Switzerland

      Thanks for your comment writer20. St Moritz is a beautiful place für skiing and in Summer for hiking. Nice to meet you.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      My last visit to Switzerland, I think was in San Mortiz. Then I left England for the U.S.

      It's great to european photo's, thank you.


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