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The traditional festivals

Festivals are a centuries-old tradition in the Lake Geneva Region. Attached to the legacy of their ancestors, the inhabitants of the region perpetuate many traditional events, some of which are known throughout Switzerland. For example, the Swiss National Wrestling and Alpine Games Festival, which is organized in Estavayer-le-Lac / Payerne in August 2016.

Celebrating nature, the crops and the seasons in the manner of our ancestors forms the heart and soul of the traditional celebrations. Formerly shared between the inhabitants of the same region, these events, which remain as typical as ever, now attract visitors from all of Switzerland and the four corners of the world. For visitors from abroad, these traditional Vaudois celebrations offer moments of discovery, authenticity and immersion in the region's origins.

There are a great many of these purely traditional celebrations in the Alps – Midsummer celebrations, leaving the mountain pastures, etc. The Lake Geneva Region also honours the country’s customs on the Swiss National Day or during gatherings that attract visitors from all over Switzerland, such as the Swiss National Wrestling and Alpine Games Festival, which will be held in Estavayer-le-Lac in 2016.

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