National Day

The Swiss National Day is celebrated on 1 August. It recalls the oath sworn in 1291 by the cantons of Uri, Schwytz and Unterwald after meeting in the Grütli meadow, near the Lake Lucerne. The aim of this founding act of the Confederation was to form an alliance and protect the their respective borders.

1st August National day

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For more than a century, 1 August has been a day of festivities. The President of the Confederation meets the Swiss citizens who have come to hear his speech in the Grütli meadow while each Swiss municipality invites its residents to a festive event.

Images of the festivities in recent years

Article modifié le 16.10.2023 à 15:55