Although the thought of a traditional bonfire isn’t particularly appealing when it’s supposed to be 98 degrees, Joyeux Premier Août to all the Swiss out there! As an honorary Swiss (being the wife, daughter-in-law and now mother of Swiss citizens!), one of the things I love about Switzerland is how old everything is, as when people talk about their “old” houses having been built in the 1600s rather than in 1945. The first of August, Switzerland’s National Day is similar; it was first mentioned in the Swiss Federal Charter written in 1291.
This month’s issue of Swiss Review featured photos of Swiss people celebrating National Day throughout the world, with lots of red and white. If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating in Switzerland, enjoy it!