I always dream to go some place snowy, like Switzerland. Coz I want to taste the snow itself, wanna touch it, wanna grab it with my own hands. Simple tropical people dream.

So, when browsing to search snowy place, I found this information about Switzerland, in here. This information really help us to find a place where we want to go. Including the weather, destination, transportation, hotels, etc. Someday I will get there!

This is some information about Switzerland’s culture from this http://40vacations.com/switzerland/culture.php. Check the events to attend a carnival event. And don’t forget the etiquette….

The rich and diverse culture of Switzerland has been deeply influenced by the French, Italian, German, and the Rhaeto Roman cultures that embody the various Swiss linguistic regions. However, the Swiss have still maintained some of their distinctive cultural heritage. The typical Swiss tradition of neutrality attracted a wide variety of people and creative artists in times of war and turmoil in Europe.

The Carolinian culture of painting including the Romanesque architecture flourished by the Middle Ages. Also, by the same time the Sankt Gallen (Saint Gall) monastery had developed to an excellent educational center.

The cultural elements of Switzerland have a notable contribution in literature, music and art. It is essentially the Swiss dialect and the country’s cross cultural pollination that separate Switzerland from its parent cultures derived from a number of foreign elements. Also, the virtues of honesty and hard work form some of the basic virtues found in the people all through Switzerland.

A. Music

The folk music tradition of Switzerland includes yodeling and use of instruments such as the alpenhorn. Yodelling is believed to have developed from cow calls. The nomadic tribes brought alpenhorns to Switzerland, which were originally used as an instrument for signals and calls. It was only at the end of the 18th century that the first tunes of the instrument were played. Some of the other instruments used for traditional Swiss folk music are Trumpi, Hackbrett and the Schwyzerorgeli.

The church music was the only traditional music till the 17th century with a choral tradition following it. At the beginning of the 20th century the symphony orchestras were introduced in various cities.

Currently, Switzerland plays host to a number of music festivals with all kinds of music such as rock, pop, jazz and Swiss bands. Musicians coming from different kinds of music genres can be found here. Some of the annual music festivals include the Easter Concerts, the Menuhin Festival, the Snow and Symphony and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Also, the world’s best opera singers come together to perform in the grand auditorium of the Opera House in Zurich.

B. Language

German, Italian, French and Romansh are the four national languages spoken in Switzerland and principally all four of them enjoy equal rights. However, according to the Federal Constitution, French, Italian and German are considered to be the official languages of Switzerland while Romansh has been granted as the official language only for communicating with the Romansh speaking community. An equal status in the Parliament and the army is enjoyed by the other three languages (French, German and Italian). Every individual need to learn a second national language from the primary level according to the cantonal school regulations. English is also taught in the schools at an early age, sometimes gaining more importance than the second national language. The schools also play a significant role in bringing the different languages close to each other. The different linguistic communities are categorized in the following way:

(Swiss)German — 63.9%

French — 19.5%

Italian — 6.6%

Romansh — 0.5%

C. Major Events

La Tchaux Carnival

Venue: La Chaux-de-Fonds

March – April

The end of winter is celebrated through this lively carnival with a number of colorful parades and great music. The carnival is marked for its various enjoyments and revelry.

Lucerne Festival

The most fascinating and beautiful festival of classical music is celebrated during the months of August and September every year. This grand festival takes place on the shores of the Lucerne Lake. The great musical masters including the great composers, soloists and orchestra bands from all over the world participate in the festival.

Berne International Jazz Festival

March – May

This grand event brings all the top musicians together to showcase their world-class performances and encourage the youngsters. The grandeur of the festival leaves everyone literally mesmerized.

Zurich Festival

June – July

An art festival celebrated by Zurich with varied cultural programs such as opera, dance, drama, music and art. Individuals may visit http://www.zuercher-festspiele.ch for detailed information regarding the festival.

Omega European Masters

Venue: Crans-sur-Sierre

September

Some of the greatest golfers compete in one of the major tournaments of the PGA European Tour. The tournament is held on a high plateau that overlooks the Alps.

Locarno International Film Festival

August

The Locarno Film Festival is one of the biggest film events in the world, attracting thousands of filmmakers and visitors from all over the world. The latest major productions are filmed on Europe’s largest screen measuring 26 m x 14m with almost seven thousand people as audiences. Open-air screenings and documentary cinemas are also held in the southern setting of the Piazza Grande.

Salon des Inventions

Geneva

April

The event showcases new technologies and inventions and provides an ideal platform for the inventors to promote their products. This show is hosted by the Palexpo Exhibition Center in Geneva.

International Balloon Festival

(Château-d’Oex)

The International Balloon Festival goes on for eight days in the Alpine village of Château-d’Oex in the end of January. It is a fascinating sight to view 80 colorful hot air balloons from twenty different countries.

Epiphany

January

Known as the Three Kings Day, this day celebrates the occasion when baby Jesus received gifts from the three kings. ‘Star singing’ is one of the major customs of the day where singers, dressed as kings, carry a star as they sing along the streets of the villages and visit each house. In the Valais Canton, these kings ride on hobbyhorses along with their jesters.

D. Etiquettes / Dos & Don’ts

Do’s

– Shake hands for exchanging greetings with men, women and children in all business and social gathering. Shake hands once again before leaving.

– Address people by their last names or academic titles. Only close friends and family use first names.

– Let your host introduce you while attending any kind of social gatherings and parties.

– Always be punctual in social and business meetings. Any kind of delay requires proper explanation.

– Stand up when you are being introduced to someone.

– While having meals keep your hands on the table always and not on your lap. However, you may keep your elbows off the table.

– Always dress neatly. The Swiss people are conservative and neat about their attire.

– Always show respect for the elder people.

Don’ts

– Do not stoop or stretch while you are in public.

– Do not clean your nails in front of other people.

– Do not bring too expensive gifts while invited for dinner. This might make the host feel uncomfortable.

– Do not bring red roses and carnations when invited as they typical imply romance whereas white chrysanthemums and asters are associated with funerals.

– Do not put your feet on a table, chair or on a desk.

– Do not make your surroundings dirty.