Yesterday was the 17th of May, which sounds just like a regular day, but for Norwegians it is the best day of the year. Having national days are always fun, but it seems as though Norwegians celebrate it a lot more and is more passionate about the particular day.
We started off early with champagne-breakfast at 9 am, and put Norwegian songs on some speakers and sang and had fun. I think we woke half of Glasney student village and annoyed some as well, but on the 17th of May we cannot help but sing and be jolly from dusk until dawn.
It was a really fun experience, and even though I missed being with my family back home, these guys made being away from home a lot easier. We even had all the food that is required for a good celebration: homemade waffles, homemade strawberry jam, brown cheese, strawberries, hot-dogs, scrambled eggs, cake and ice-cream. It was lovely!
After the champagne-breakfast we listened to our International officer’s speech followed by a parade where we sang our national song as well as any Norwegian song we could think of. We walked around campus, waved our flags, laughed and sang, it was really fun.
Later, we got champagne vouchers and sat at the Stannary for a while, talked and laughed even more. We also got us some Norwegian-inspired food that we call lapskaus (a sort of stew) back home.
We had a lovely pre-drinks at one of our flats before we ended up at the Norway Inn, where they obviously had dedicated the whole day for us with Norwegian food and music. The pub was really cozy and I enjoyed dancing to some classics. All in all it was an amazing day!
Anyhow, the constitution day is a huge celebration in Norway, and this year it is 202 years since the constitution was signed! It seems as if other countries celebrate their constitutions with military parades, but in Norway it is more like a big party with music and joyful singing. I really really love it, and it is a day of pure happiness, besides the one time I lost my helium balloon when I was younger.
- Have you celebrated Norway’s national day before?
- How did you spend your 17th of May?
I wish you all a lovely day! And there will be a vlog on our celebration later!