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Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon Bewes

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THREEIN THE LAND OF COCKS AND CROSSES

Imagine it’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the opening round. Nine other contestants in the circle. Your finger hovering over the buttons. The challenge: put these religious holidays in the correct order that they appear during the year.

A: Pentecost

C: Corpus Christi

B: Feast of the Assumption

D: Good Friday

Could you get it right? Most people would struggle, unless they are churchgoers or live in a Catholic country. In an effort to become all inclusive, countries like Britain have made public holidays non-religious, apart from Easter and Christmas, and some would argue that even they have lost their original significance. It’s a state of ignorance aided by the state itself. But in Switzerland most ...

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