Sunday, December 11, 2011
"To Our Valiant Ancestors. Here during the night of the Escalade the 12th of December of the year 1602 the people of Geneva repulsed the enemy and saved Independence and the Republic. May their memory dwell imperishable in our hearts."
Every year since 1902, the patriotic and proud Genèvois have celebrated their victory with a festival of re-enactions and parades.
Throughout the city, in pastry and candy shops, chocolate "marmites," red and gold wrapped candies, and marzipan vegetables appear in the windows. On the day of the celebration people of the town put a chocolate marmite in the center of the table at dessert time, stack their hands above it and declare,
"Et c'est ainsi que périrent les ennemis de la République!" (And thus perish the enemies of the Republic!) Hourah!