June 25, 2019

Confirmation in Norway

I was surprised when I learned that Norway doesn’t celebrate Mother’s Day in the month of May, they celebrate it every second Sunday of February. I don’t know why but I guess, it is because they have so many holidays during the month of May such as Labor Day, 17th of May, Pentecost and of course there is also Confirmation.

Read: 17th of May Celebration in Norway

Confirmation is a significant event in Norway, it marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. During 1736 to 1912, it is in Norway’s law to have Confirmation in order to gain the “rights of adulthood”. Without it, you cannot enter the military service, you cannot marry, you cannot be a godparent, or even testify in court. But now, this Christian ceremony has become a symbol since not all Norwegians are religious so they have their own ways to celebrate it.

So if your child will hit 15 years old, you will be busy preparing for their Confirmation. It is not just a simple preparation because you need one year to prepare for this starting with your registration at the church, reserving a venue, booking a catering, and preparing for Norwegian traditional costume which is called “Bunad”.

It is a special occasion and a very intimate event so you will feel honor if you got invited. Most of the guests are families and close friends. A decade ago, my sister had her Confirmation but unfortunately, we were not able to attend it. So I was glad that I was able to experience a Confirmation event during our summer vacation in Norway, not just one but two Confirmation.

I did not celebrate Mother’s Day in Norway but I attended a Confirmation. We did not attend the church ceremony because I told my mom that we would not understand the mass so we just went to the reception. It was a formal event too, I’ve seen other people wearing their bunad and suit.

Confirmation in Norway is a simple event, hindi siya katulad ng debut sa Pilipinas na maraming program. They only have welcome remarks, speech from parents, special video or presentation and you will eat dinner and cakes. When I say cakes, I mean a lot of cakes and I was not able to taste everything. It was a feast in the eye and taste buds so you have to forget your diet.

When it comes to gifts, they give money or jewelry and I was also surprised because, after dinner, they are opening the cards and listing the amount of money that they have received. So nakakahiya din pala pag maliit lang binigay mo, makikita ng ibang guests kasi nasa gift table lang siya. Hehehe!

Anyway, sharing some photos when I attended a girl and boy Norwegian Confirmation.

Girl Confirmation

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Boy Confirmation

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