Flags flying in the gardens, on the balconies, in the windows and along the streets, fireworks, bangers, sparklers and fountains are traditions shared by all the cantons, as is watching the speech given by the president of the Confederation on television, or listening to it on the radio, and the bells that ring in the party at exactly 8 pm across Switzerland. But other traditions are unique and special. If you’ve never celebrated 1st August in the Lake Maggiore region or its valleys, here are some good ideas for celebrating National Day in Ascona-Locarno.
Prepare an impeccable Swiss picnic for the occasion: dried meat, Ticino sausage, cervelat, alpine cheese, Gazzosa (typical Ticino soda) and Ovomaltine bars are a must. The vegetarian alternative? Crispy bread with grilled seasonal vegetables, potato salad, tomatoes, dried fruit and a nice fruit salad. And don't forget the Swiss flags!
brunch in the region’s mountains for passionate hikers or brunch on the farm among cows, horses and goats, much to the delight of children. Whatever the case, the main feature of these celebrations is a delicious meal prepared by hand with love and typical local products. The kids can learn to socialise with the farm animals while you enjoy the tractor display. Come and see how we celebrate being Swiss!
If you want to enjoy some juicy grilled ribs without too much organisation, the grotto is the right place for you. Enjoy your barbecue without stress and with a nice glass of Merlot del Ticino. Cheers!
What's more, each port has something to discover and is a good starting point for exploring the area on foot. The moorings of San Nazzaro, Locarno, Ascona and Porto Ronco are full of character, but don't forget to stop at the Brissago Islands: These two pretty islands in Lake Maggiore are home to plants that cannot be found anywhere else in Switzerland. It is not for nothing that they are home to the only botanical garden on an island in Switzerland.
Legend has it the fires also served to frighten off the barbarians who had already tried to attack the Helvetians, and who fled in fear from the reflections of the bonfires on the lake, convinced it was a sign that the end of the world was approaching. This is why the tradition of bonfires has long been widespread, but from the first National Day it assumed even greater importance and significance. In Vallemaggia the bonfires are lit in the riverbed and accompanied by outdoor celebrations and barbecues. Community celebrations in the valleys are characterised by a convivial and friendly atmosphere, music, folklore and typical local products. There’s plenty of polenta, competitions for the whole family and gastronomic festivals. 1 August brings everyone together.
It’s better together. Share your ideal National Day with #myasconalocarno on social media and spread your Swiss pride around the world. Yes, even if you aren’t Swiss, because you should be proud of having celebrated 1 August as a true confederate citizen!