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Mansing Tang, Wabern

The ultimate traditional Swiss festival

The Swiss festival of Unspunnen is a traditional celebration of Swiss mountain life and was first held in 1805. However, it only became a regular event in 1946 and has since taken place every 12 years. 2017 is one of the lucky years.

The Unspunnen Swiss wrestling event will take place on 26-27 August and will be followed by the main festival on 1-3 September. Spectators can look forward to seeing farmers in traditional Swiss costume, stone throwing, target shooting and the traditional Swiss sport of Hornussen, Alphorn players and flag bearers, folk musicians, choristers, dancers in traditional Swiss costume, yodellers and much more besides.

The anniversary stamp, which was suggested by the festival committee, combines the wealth of Swiss traditions in one image.

On Saturday, 2 September 2017, a special post office will be set up at the festival site in Interlaken. A special cancellation is also being designed to mark the event. Designer Mansing Tang from Wabern will be on site to sign autographs. An event souvenir including a special stamp selection is also planned.

Jürg Freudiger

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