Festivals in Switzerland

As diverse as the Swiss themselves, the customs and traditions in Switzerland are extremely interesting. The festivities in Switzerland range from an array of colourful people parading to old-world merriments, from unusual sporting events to posh art festivals; there is always something to do in this spectacular country.

Because the Swiss originate from different cultures, there are four national languages in the country. Uncommon traditions originated during Switzerland festivals as each part was cut off from the other during winters. A majority of this country’s customs and folk traditions celebrate their people’s abundant visual and auditory lineage.  Many of their folk believe that it is important for a culture to be celebrated to survive in the modern world.

There is hardly any weekend in Switzerland without a planned festival, carnival or musical concert. In fact, it is an impossible feat to list down each and every festival that happens in this small country.

Amongst the many Switzerland festivals, the Paléo Festival is its largest open-air festival, which hosts approximately 230,000 tourists every year. The viewers attend more than 250 concerts over a period of six days. Popular artists like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis and Tracy Chapman have performed here in the past. The festival takes place in the 3rd week of July, in Nyon.

Every year in January, The International Balloon Festival takes place in Château-d’Oex. A nine-day festivity, one can witness balloons of every colour in the air. During night time, all the balloons are lit up by flames of their burners, commonly known as night-glow.

If you’re an automobile enthusiast, you must visit the Geneva International Motor Show in Mid-March. This is one of the most-talked-about Switzerland Events. Taking place at the Palexpo Arena, Car Magazine has rightly called this show the “world’s best catwalk for cars”.

Every chocoholic must experience Festichoc, a festival for every chocolate lover or entrepreneur out there. This annual festival takes place in Versoix in Late March, Early April and visitors can sample free chocolates here besides indulging in fountains and other high-quality chocolate creations.

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On the Monday after every Ash Wednesday in March, Switzerland’s largest carnival takes place in Basel. Popularly known as the Basler Fasnacht, one must wake up at the crack of dawn to witness masked musicians parade through the city’s old town. This continues over a course of three days.

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