The Very First 17th of May

Culture, Journal, Lifestyle, Society

Yesterday was Norway’s constitution day. My hubby and I were home in our new place since it’s a holiday. Here in Norway, people pay respect to their holidays by not doing any kind of “noisy” work that will disturb the neighborhood and the solemnity of the celebration. Well, of course there are some who does not care about the holidays and their neighborhood, so they either get a friendly reminder from the neighbors or being reported to the police if they do not listen.

Anyway, this is our first time to have 17th May brunch in our new house. This is also my first time to prepare a proper brunch for us. I usually did not care about how the table would look like. As long as there is food on table I’m good but this year is special because we got a bigger crib and we had my hubby’s dad over for a visit.

This is also our first time to raise the flag. Never knew what time of the day we should do it. Thankfully there’s Google. We raised it around 8 a.m. and lowered or take down at 9p.m. According to the Norwegian flag site, we can raise the flag around 8 in the morning during the summer because the sun rises up during that time and pull it down no later than 9 pm because that’s the time the sun sets. Also, we can raise it even though it is dark (For instance during winter) but  should NEVER lowered it when it’s already dark.

I have no pictures of the parade because our place is not one of the routes of the 17th May parade and I got busy in preparing food and cake for dinner. However, it didn’t stop us for having a great time but next year I’ll make sure that we get to see the parade or take part of it.

 

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Our proud Norwegian flag.

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Our humble brunch setting.

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Fruits on the top, dried hams on the next and slices of bread on the buttom.

 

Norwegian Constitution Day

Culture, Photography, Society

Or 17.mai as we call it here is Norway’s biggest event. On the same day in 1814, the Constitution was signed in Eidsvoll and this year marks the 200th year of having its very own constitution. Every year, 17.mai is celebrated by long parades and numerous festivities. People wear their national costumes and wave the Norwegian flags with pride.

I celebrated this big event in Stavanger. I started the big day with a 17.mai frokost (breakfast) at a hotel with my lovely friends. Then, we watched the parade. After the parade I went to Stavanger Konserthus to watch the program there.

So, here you go. Behold the shots I took yesterday. Hipp Hipp Hurra Norge!

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