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August 1st and all that...

Most animals hate next Monday as it's Swiss firework day, officially known as Swiss National Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_National_Day

Every small and large town will be having it's own form of celebration. Usually including a speech by the town mayor and a large bonfire somewhere. Be aware that many, many, people here do not seem to understand how dangerous fireworks can be. Youths especially find it amusing to set off fireworks behind unsuspecting people. You really do need eyes in the back of your head! The only safe places I have found to watch the official firework displays is from a church yard, the rowdies do seem to respect the sanctity of the church!

So maybe you want to join in and start to feel integrated? You could look in your local newspaper for adverts offering "Bauern Frühstück" (Farmer's breakfast) Many farmers organize what expats might know as a street party. You turn up around 8 to 9 am in national costume, find a place to sit on a bench at a long table. There is usually a self service, buy yourself some bread, ham, cheese, coffee etc. Return to the table and make small talk with the locals.

You could impress your neighbours by printing out the national hymn and taking it along with you. The music has a tune resembling the British national anthem.
German Hymn http://www.admin.ch/org/polit/00055/index.html?lang=de

French Hymn http://www.admin.ch/org/polit/00055/index.html?lang=fr

Here is my Google translation from the German version:

Occurs in the morning skies,
I see you in the beam sea
You, you high Sublime, Gorgeous!
If the Alpine snow reddens, (Original is Alpenfirn which I am told by JJ is the old snow lying on the mountain glacier)
Pray, free Swiss, pray!
Your pious soul suspects
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Come in the evening glow, therefore,
I find you in the starry host,
You, you human-friendly, Lover!
In light areas of the sky
Can I dream about happy and blessed!
Suspect because the pious soul
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Pile dies in the mist, therefore,
I seek you in the sea of clouds,
You, you are unfathomable, Eternal!
From the gray phantom
The Sun enters clear and mild,
And anticipates the pious soul
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Going in the raging storm, therefore,
Are you self-defence and our refuge,
You, almighty Walt final, saving!
In stormy night and horror
Let us childlike trust him!
Yes, guess the pious soul,
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.
__________________________________________

Then as mentioned already, about 9 pm are the evening festivities. A speech, followed sometimes by a procession to the bonfire and / or firework display.

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Re: August 1st and all that...

I think what is meant with Firn is the old snow (or young ice?) on a glacier. The morning sun reddens the snow/glacier/mountain top.

Only these four lines have to be sung, the rest you are expected to mumble like everyone else. Anyway, have a nice first of Ougschte!
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When the morning skies grow red
And o'er their radiance shed,
Thou, O Lord, appeareth in their light.
When the Alps glow bright with splendour,
Pray to God, to Him surrender,
For you feel and understand,
For you feel and understand,
That he dwelleth in this land.
That he dwelleth in this land.

In the sunset Thou art nigh
And beyond the starry sky,
Thou, O loving Father, ever near
When to Heaven we are departing,

Joy and bliss Thou'lt be imparting,
For we feel and understand
For we feel and understand
That Thou dwellest in this land.
That Thou dwellest in this land.

When dark clouds enshroud the hills
And gray mist the valley fills,
Yet Thou art not hidden from Thy sons.
Pierce the gloom in which we cower
With Thy sunshine's cleansing power
Then we'll feel and understand
Then we'll feel and understand
That God dwelleth in this land.
That God dwelleth in this land.

Towards us in the wild storm coming,
You yourself give us resistance and stronghold,
You, almighty ruling, rescuing!
During horror and nights of thunderstorms
Let us childlike trust Him!
Yes, we feel and understand;
Yes, we feel and understand;
That God dwelleth in this land.
That God dwelleth in this land.

PS: This has only been our anthem since 1961. Before that it was "Rufst Du, mein Vaterland" (German lyrics set to the melody of "God Save the Queen").
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Re: August 1st and all that...

The greatest day of the year although our anthem could be spiced up a little
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The greatest day of the year although our anthem could be spiced up a little
So can you add anymore to the stuff I wrote in my post? I find 1. August very boring. What else should I be doing?
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So can you add anymore to the stuff I wrote in my post? I find 1. August very boring. What else should I be doing?
Sorry all I got is, watch the fireworks in Bern and think of Thomi Fuchs and Erich Hess..
We usually had quiet nice bbq evenings, but "the greatest day of the year" made me chuckle, sorry max Is there something big going on that I have missed all those years?
Not helpful for you Ittigen sorry (as you are obviously looking for something else to do) your idea with the Bauernfrühstück is a good one for those who never tried that. For anyone interested go to brunch.ch, a database of more than 400 families offering the brunch/Burezmorge (from 9.00 till 13.00).

Here you can search for places and preferences (alps, bio food and the like;-)
http://www.brunch.ch/DesktopDefault....=2082&langid=1
Many require a reservation (possible until 30th of July)
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Most animals hate next Monday as it's Swiss firework day, officially known as Swiss National Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_National_Day

Every small and large town will be having it's own form of celebration. Usually including a speech by the town mayor and a large bonfire somewhere. Be aware that many, many, people here do not seem to understand how dangerous fireworks can be. Youths especially find it amusing to set off fireworks behind unsuspecting people. You really do need eyes in the back of your head! The only safe places I have found to watch the official firework displays is from a church yard, the rowdies do seem to respect the sanctity of the church!

So maybe you want to join in and start to feel integrated? You could look in your local newspaper for adverts offering "Bauern Frühstück" (Farmer's breakfast) Many farmers organize what expats might know as a street party. You turn up around 8 to 9 am in national costume, find a place to sit on a bench at a long table. There is usually a self service, buy yourself some bread, ham, cheese, coffee etc. Return to the table and make small talk with the locals.

You could impress your neighbours by printing out the national hymn and taking it along with you. The music has a tune resembling the British national anthem.
German Hymn http://www.admin.ch/org/polit/00055/index.html?lang=de

French Hymn http://www.admin.ch/org/polit/00055/index.html?lang=fr

Here is my Google translation from the German version:

Occurs in the morning skies,
I see you in the beam sea
You, you high Sublime, Gorgeous!
If the Alpine snow reddens, (Original is Alpenfirn which I am told by JJ is the old snow lying on the mountain glacier)
Pray, free Swiss, pray!
Your pious soul suspects
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Come in the evening glow, therefore,
I find you in the starry host,
You, you human-friendly, Lover!
In light areas of the sky
Can I dream about happy and blessed!
Suspect because the pious soul
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Pile dies in the mist, therefore,
I seek you in the sea of clouds,
You, you are unfathomable, Eternal!
From the gray phantom
The Sun enters clear and mild,
And anticipates the pious soul
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Going in the raging storm, therefore,
Are you self-defence and our refuge,
You, almighty Walt final, saving!
In stormy night and horror
Let us childlike trust him!
Yes, guess the pious soul,
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.
__________________________________________

Then as mentioned already, about 9 pm are the evening festivities. A speech, followed sometimes by a procession to the bonfire and / or firework display.
I am still much in favour of the "real" old national anthem "Heil Dir Helvetia"


The text of course is the same rubbish as the new one , but the melody is a bit better
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@ Wolli, how about organising a William Tell contest next Monday? Something to brighten up Swiss National Day at least!

These anthems and Hymns are way too serious for my liking!
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When the morning skies grow red
And o'er their radiance shed,
Thou, O Lord, appeareth in their light.
When the Alps glow bright with splendour,
Pray to God, to Him surrender,
For you feel and understand,
For you feel and understand,
That he dwelleth in this land.
That he dwelleth in this land.

In the sunset Thou art nigh
And beyond the starry sky,
Thou, O loving Father, ever near
When to Heaven we are departing,

Joy and bliss Thou'lt be imparting,
For we feel and understand
For we feel and understand
That Thou dwellest in this land.
That Thou dwellest in this land.

When dark clouds enshroud the hills
And gray mist the valley fills,
Yet Thou art not hidden from Thy sons.
Pierce the gloom in which we cower
With Thy sunshine's cleansing power
Then we'll feel and understand
Then we'll feel and understand
That God dwelleth in this land.
That God dwelleth in this land.

Towards us in the wild storm coming,
You yourself give us resistance and stronghold,
You, almighty ruling, rescuing!
During horror and nights of thunderstorms
Let us childlike trust Him!
Yes, we feel and understand;
Yes, we feel and understand;
That God dwelleth in this land.
That God dwelleth in this land.

PS: This has only been our anthem since 1961. Before that it was "Rufst Du, mein Vaterland" (German lyrics set to the melody of "God Save the Queen").
Seems hard work compared to ' God save the queen'
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Yeah. Our soccer players don't like it much, either
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So can you add anymore to the stuff I wrote in my post? I find 1. August very boring. What else should I be doing?
Usually on first of August, we invite a lot of friends over to our house make a big camp fire and grill sausages. Then we let of loads of really cool fireworks. Loads of fun.
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In our area, the main event takes place in one village on a rosta basis. We will be going there with a couple of friends from UK - very rural farming style - plenty of grilled sausages, traditional music and dancing- a big fire and of course fire-works.
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My first swiss day on the 1st august

I will have officially been in this beautiful country for 3 weeks on monday and it is national swiss day too. so whats everyones plans is there anything anyone would recommend is a must for my first 1st of August celebrations .....which reminds me i need to buy some fireworks.
hope u all have a great 1st of August.

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Snap...I've been here 3 weeks as well originally from the Uk but spent the last 3.5 years in Sligo. Welcome
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Most animals hate next Monday as it's Swiss firework day, officially known as Swiss National Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_National_Day

Every small and large town will be having it's own form of celebration. Usually including a speech by the town mayor and a large bonfire somewhere. Be aware that many, many, people here do not seem to understand how dangerous fireworks can be. Youths especially find it amusing to set off fireworks behind unsuspecting people. You really do need eyes in the back of your head! The only safe places I have found to watch the official firework displays is from a church yard, the rowdies do seem to respect the sanctity of the church!

So maybe you want to join in and start to feel integrated? You could look in your local newspaper for adverts offering "Bauern Frühstück" (Farmer's breakfast) Many farmers organize what expats might know as a street party. You turn up around 8 to 9 am in national costume, find a place to sit on a bench at a long table. There is usually a self service, buy yourself some bread, ham, cheese, coffee etc. Return to the table and make small talk with the locals.

You could impress your neighbours by printing out the national hymn and taking it along with you. The music has a tune resembling the British national anthem.
German Hymn http://www.admin.ch/org/polit/00055/index.html?lang=de

French Hymn http://www.admin.ch/org/polit/00055/index.html?lang=fr

Here is my Google translation from the German version:

Occurs in the morning skies,
I see you in the beam sea
You, you high Sublime, Gorgeous!
If the Alpine snow reddens, (Original is Alpenfirn which I am told by JJ is the old snow lying on the mountain glacier)
Pray, free Swiss, pray!
Your pious soul suspects
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Come in the evening glow, therefore,
I find you in the starry host,
You, you human-friendly, Lover!
In light areas of the sky
Can I dream about happy and blessed!
Suspect because the pious soul
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Pile dies in the mist, therefore,
I seek you in the sea of clouds,
You, you are unfathomable, Eternal!
From the gray phantom
The Sun enters clear and mild,
And anticipates the pious soul
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.

Going in the raging storm, therefore,
Are you self-defence and our refuge,
You, almighty Walt final, saving!
In stormy night and horror
Let us childlike trust him!
Yes, guess the pious soul,
God in the noble fatherland,
God, the Lord, the noble Fatherland.
__________________________________________

Then as mentioned already, about 9 pm are the evening festivities. A speech, followed sometimes by a procession to the bonfire and / or firework display.
I am surprised as THIS sounds even worse than the German original something I thought to be impossible a few hours ago



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I think what is meant with Firn is the old snow (or young ice?) on a glacier. The morning sun reddens the snow/glacier/mountain top.

Only these four lines have to be sung, the rest you are expected to mumble like everyone else. Anyway, have a nice first of Ougschte!
Only 15% of the Swiss population live above 800 metres above sea-level and so this mountaineering splendour is rubbish. I personally like mountains, as long as they are at least 20 kilometers away



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@ Wolli, how about organising a William Tell contest next Monday? Something to brighten up Swiss National Day at least!

These anthems and Hymns are way too serious for my liking!
The texts of most anthems are nationalist and jingoist nonsense, but some anthems have quite nice melodies.

William Tell ? You see, the first name was born out of talks of author Schiller with Freiherr von Goethe, and they found out that Wilhelm/Willi are around in both Germany and Switzerland. A serious problem was the family name as Mr Schiller in the complicated political scenery of then Central Europe feared to stand on the tie of this or that important figure. Goethe who on one side spoke Arabic and on the other side had been in Switzerland often found the solution : "Tell" in Arabic means HILL or even small mountain (even if mountain is Djebel in Arabic). And they both concluded that TELL sounds well.

Monday ? I will be with my sister-in-law and the fiancée of her daughter. She is the best cook you can think of


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