This Tuesday 1st August is Swiss National Day – an official National Holiday since 1994. It celebrates the day in 1291 that the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden signed the Letter of Confederation, pledging to help each other in the case of an attack.
There are many ways of celebrating this day throughout the country within the cantons; brunch at your local farm, bonfires, fireworks, children carrying lanterns with the Swiss flag and friends and families getting together.
Here is the programme for the day in Nyon
10.15am – Ecumenical celebration led by the Pastorale des églises nyonnaises, followed by an aperitif *
7.45pm – Start of the festivities *
– Popular aperitif hosted by the municipal brass band
– Bell ringing
8:30 pm – Opening of the official part, presided over by Alexandre Démétriadès, Municipal Councillor * Reading of the Federal Pact of 1291
– Reading of the Federal Pact of 1291 by Mr Marco Carenza, outgoing President of the Municipal Council
– Patriotic prayer
– Message from the Pastorale des églises nyonnaises by Mrs Catherine Abrecht, Deacon
– Address by Mr Vincent Buccino, President of the Local Council
– National anthem
9.15pm – Procession with lanterns
– From the Esplanade des Marronniers to the Place des fêtes de Rive
PLACE DES FÊTES DE RIVE
From 6pm – Refreshments and food by the Groupement des sociétés du lac (GSL) / La Confrérie des Pirates de Rive
From 8pm – Ball and musical entertainment by the group Mil Sabords & SO
10.15pm – Fireworks and bonfire
1am – End of the event
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Living in Nyon would like to wish you a happy Swiss National Day.
See you soon!