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Happy National Day, Switzerland

August 1, 2011

Today is the Swiss National Day. It is said that today in 1291, the 3 cantons (or states), Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden, signed the Federal Charter creating the Swiss confederation. The alliance was aimed at ending the reign of the Habsburghs of Austria who were the most prominent feudal dynasty in Europe at that time. The other cantons joined the confederation after 1291, and as a result, the Habsburgs suffered crashing defeats in succeeding battles against the confederates.

Family gatherings characterize the celebration in the present time. Spectacular fireworks can be seen from mountains and hills. Songs and dances can also be heard.

J’s brother and his fam are here at the house right now. Hubby’s brother and his fam are here too. It is a busy household at the moment, and I can hear fireworks from here and there too. I am told this will last until midnight.

Since I still have to help start the bonfire, let me greet my new world a happy National Day!

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