Swiss National Day is the national holiday of Switzerland that falls on the first of August every year. The holiday celebrates the founding of Switzerland with the signing of the Federal Charter of 1291 by the three cantons of Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden. Although not officially declared a holiday until 1994, it is said to have been observed by Switzerland since 1891 with the first official celebration of the Federal Charter, commemorating its 600th anniversary. The Federal Charter of 1291 is considered one of the country's most important founding documents, and the date of the holiday is taken from part of the document that states "at the beginning of the month of August", when the three cantons swore the oath of confederation.
Celebrations on Swiss National Day include the official ceremonies of a prayer and singing the Swiss national anthem, the "Schweizerpsalm", and the ringing of church bells throughout the country at 8:00pm (20:00). Other celebrations throughout Switzerland include paper lantern parades, bonfires, hanging strings of Swiss flags, fireworks, and competitive rifle shooting matches. Most of the celebrations are town-specific, such as fireworks at the Rhine in Basel.
Outside of Switzerland, the largest Swiss National Day celebration takes place in Mont Sutton, Quebec where the celebrations feature one canton each year. The largest Swiss National Day event in the USA is held in Manhattan, New York by the Swiss Benevolent Society of New York, a tradition that began in the 1970's.
In honor of Swiss National Day, Mondaine celebrates the core elements of Swiss DNA that are the elements embodied by the Mondaine brand and infused into every Mondaine timepiece. These include the Swiss values of tradition, simplicity, ingenuity, creativity, functionality, and good living.
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