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Federation of Swiss Societies in Eastern Canada

Press Release


Montreal, June 6th, 2016 – The Federation of Swiss Societies in Eastern Canada holds the 40th edition of the Swiss National Holiday Celebration on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 in the village of Sutton in the Eastern Townships.  This picturesque village plays the role of a Swiss village during this weekend with Swiss flags being prominently displayed. You can even find Swiss specialties in several restaurants.

We are proud to claim that this Swiss National holiday celebration is the largest such event in the world outside of Switzerland.  A very dedicated committee organizes this event with the help of over 150 volunteers.  Yearly, just about 3000 visitors choose to come to Sutton to partake in these festivities.

This year, the festivities roll in late afternoon Friday, July 29th, in the heart of the village of Sutton.  You can stroll through the streets, visit any of the many outdoors cafés and enjoy the folkloric activities that will take place throughout the village.

The main event will take place on Saturday, July 30th at the foot of Mount Sutton. The activities start as early as 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day and well into the night.  From noon to 4 p.m. the chairlift to the top of Mount Sutton will be in operation or you can choose to hike up to the summit.  Many activities for children and adults alike are offered or you can simply relax and enjoy all afternoon folklore music.

Thanks to our many generous sponsors, it is possible to once again present folklore groups from Switzerland, Alphorn players and many local choirs and dancers.  

Visitors are invited to taste Swiss specialties such as Fondue, raclette, sausages, marinated steaks and specialty desserts such as a Nussgipfel (hazelnut croissant).  Last but not least, you can also taste Swiss beer and wine from the region of the Tessin and Wallis.

The official ceremonies will commence at 8 p.m. with the National anthem followed by a Swiss lampions procession and the traditional 1st of August bonfire.

From 9 p.m. on, you can enjoy various music groups under the big top and are free to join the dancing.  A complete list of activities is published in our official program.

Every year, a different region from Switzerland is featured in our festivities.  This year, the chosen region is the canton of Tessin.  In our official program, you will find several articles presenting this region. 

This event is an ideal opportunity to learn about the various Swiss customs. You can observe or even participate in a traditional Swiss wrestling competition, take part in games or participate in other typical Swiss activities.

The entrance fee per person 15 years and older is $12.00. Parking is available and free.

A press kit outlining all activities and timetable of the Swiss National holiday celebration has been prepared.  Photos of previous Swiss National Days can be found on our official website.

In closing, I would like to mention and more importantly thank the Village of Sutton for their unconditional support, which contributes greatly to the success of this weekend.

Thank you and I hope to see you in Sutton.


Peter Fuhrer
Federation of Swiss Societies in Eastern Canada
450 243-0983
peterf (@)