Archive for May 17th, 2014

QOTD May 17 2014

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Albert Einstein: “Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

200x Gratulerer med dagen Norge

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Norway celebrates its Constitution (Grunnloven) today which was signed on May 17 (‘syttende mai‘) in 1814 marking Norway’s independence from Sweden (fully realized in 1905).

Besides the drinking, one of the main activities of the day (every day? 🙂 ), the norwegians give the celebration a quite nice touch; everyone dresses up! Most will wear a Bunad, the traditional clothing, and if you don’t have one, then your best suit or dress will do t! (soooo totally opposite to the somewhat clownish King’s Day in NL…)

Syttende mai‘ is also known its parades; thousands march all over the country expressing their cultural pride, joy in springtime and honor of those citizens who created Norway’s constitutional government, founding her independence. Especially popular is the Children’s Procession; dressed in their best clothes or national costume, the children march with their school’s band, classmates and teachers. Joy joy!

This year marks the 200 years anniversary of Norway’s Constitution which calls for an extra big celebration 🙂 the sun is shining and the whole country ready for a party: GRATULERER MED DAGEN NORGE!!



(parts of this text (c) Ink)