Tomorrow 17th of May.
Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday observed on May 17 each year.
Among norwegians, the day is referred to simply as “syttende”mai (meaning May Seventeenth).
The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 in the year 1814.
The constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom in an attempt to avoid
being ceded to Sweden after Denmark-Norway’s devastating defeat in the Napoleonic wars.
All over Norway, children’s parades with an abundance of flags form
the central elements of the celebration.
In the capital, for example, the children’s parade passes the left
side of the parliament building, and the president of parliament is allowed
to wave to the passing parade from a small balcony,but the main focus of the parade
is the Royal Palace and the Royal Family.
The massive Oslo parade includes some 100 schools,
marching bands, and passes the royal palace where the royal family
greet the people from the main balcony.
Families, children, workers,meet up on this National Holiday,
eating ice cream, playing games, parading, playing in the parade-bands,
having fun, smiling, staying together, sharing, and showing their love for the country.
All over the world, norwegian’s do the same thing.
Love and kisses,
Fleurs de Camellie.