When we’re planning for our summer vacation in Norway, I make sure that we will be here on 17th of May. I experienced that during our first visit to Norway so I also want my son to witness how Norwegians celebrate their National Day.
May 17 is a holiday in Norway, it is their National Day or Norwegian Constitution Day. It is also known as Grunnlovsdagen (Constitution Day) Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) or the most common is syttende mai (17th of May).
This is a big celebration in Norway so I guess this is the reason why they don’t celebrate Mother’s Day in the month of May. They have so many celebrations every May and National Day is very significant to them.
In fact, you will see a lot of stuff in the market for 17th of May celebration. People put flags in their own house, decorate their houses, prepare foods and even go out of the house to join or watch children parades.
Norwegians wear traditional outfits called bunad or they wear something red, white or blue. They wear ribbons, bring flags and shout Hurra! Hurra! Hurra! Each cities, kommune or places have their own parade. Children from different schools and other local organization in the community gather together to parade. We watched the parade in Ørland, watch the video here.
It was a short parade so we were able to go home early for our lunch. The longest parade is in Oslo, the capital of Norway. I saw the Royal Family waving hand at the balcony of Royal Palace.
When it comes to food, they only serve few dishes. Unlike sa Pinas na parang buffet lagi pag may handaan. My mom prepared baked salmon, coleslaw, boiled potatoes and carrots, hollandaise sauce and pavlova. Pavlova is always present every 17th of May because the colors of this dessert symbolize the color of the flag of Norway.
Read: Pavlova for 17th of May
I’m thankful for the experience and I just hope that we have this kind of celebration in our country. Filipinos will also go out and celebrate our national holiday especially the Independence Day, sana hindi lang puro rally or people power lumalabas ang tao.
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