Swiss National Day
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWITZERLAND!
First of August, it is time for bonfires and fireworks for all Swiss nationals. Today, it is 720th National Day of Switzerland, and I am imagining the kind of celebrations that is on right now in there. Like how the 15th of August is important to Indians or 4th of July is important to Americans, this day is an occasion to celebrate for all Swiss nationals.
The day was chosen because August 1st 1291 was the date on which three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation, an act which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland. The representatives of Schwyz, Unterwalden and Uri met on the Rütli field, high above Lake Lucerne, to swear a bond of brotherhood, and agree to act jointly if their freedoms were threatened by outside aggressors. You can read more here and here.
Here is introducing a blogger friend from Basel, Switzerland. Visit Hans-Peter’s beautiful photo blog at FOTO – POESIE. Greetings to you from India, my friend!
Whenever I think of Switzerland, two images stand out clearly in my mind: one is the snow covered Swiss Alps and the other vast green meadows and swiss cows grazing there with bells hanging from their necks (move the mouse over). And I feel like running across this canvas of memory with arms spread out. A truly beautiful country: Switzerland!