The Norwegian Constitution Day 🇧🇻🥂

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Today is The Norwegian Constitution Day. In 1814 on this day the the Norwegian constitution was finalized and signed, and not least so Norway also got its own king, – Prince Christian Frederik 🤴.

The celebration Norway have for this day didn’t start before in in the late 1800s.  The day is celebrated with the Norwegian flag swaying on flagpoles and in children’s hands, and of course also in adults hands too 😊.  Children and adults go in different parades, and many people dress up in the costume that is the Norwegian national costume called “bunad”.  There are several different bunads in Norway from the different districts and municipal offices in Norway.

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There are various events at schools and country houses across the country.  There are speeches and various activities and competitions at the various events in the whole country 🇧🇻.

There is sale of ice cream, soft drinks, sausage in bread and cakes.  Many also have family and friends gathering at home in the afternoon 🥂🥮.

Many people in Norway, and even if they don’t live in Norway, but are Norwegian, they like to celebrate this day in the country they are living in, and course in Norway too😊. People that’s not are Norwegian or live in Norway are a bit fascinated over the Norwegian celebration for the Norwegian Constitution Day. The Norwegian has a habit to celebrate this day BIG 🇧🇻🥂. My short summary over the Norwegian celebration is a very, very short summary 😅. But there are a couple of reasons for that 😊.

When I was a child I did really like to celebrate 17. May and Norwegian Constitution Day with my family 🧡. Also when I was a teenager I enjoyed this celebration together with my friends 🥂. Even the first 10 year as a mammi for my three children I did like the celebration for this day together with my three children and my family 🧡.

But then, when my children was 10, 7 and 4 years old, this day became so busy for me as a single mammi for 3 children at school that for me this day totally lost the joy and the charm. At it just continue to be a day I didn’t enjoy very much during for closely 10 years.

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This day became the most busy day during the whole year for me,- and I did have very busy days in general. But for me the celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day felt like a very busy week pressed into 24 hours 😳. But when that’s said,- I really tried my very best to create a nice and joyful celebration for my children,- and I also think they had a great celebration too 🧡. I at least hope so, that they have some good memories from the celebration of this day in Norway, -that they don’t have to much of my memories, experiences and feelings from this day 😊.

The planning for the celebration of May 17, the Norwegian Constitution Day, started a while in advance.  There was planning for an event at the elementary school, baking cakes for sale at the elementary school, ironing clothes, and not least the bunad shirt, which is not so easy to iron.  And do some shopping for different accessories on the occasion, and of course ironing the Norwegian flag too, – or for my part – many small Norwegian flags 🇧🇻.

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The day itself started early with breakfast, making sure we all four ate enough, because it would take a few hours for food to be available again.  Then help one and one child with suits and dress.  Finally dress myself, – bunad.  A great outfit, but demanding outfit with fifferent great silver stuff, and a bit heavy to wear for many hours 🇧🇻.

And kids are kids so, especially my boys, jumped and jumped like kangaroos as I dressed up in my costume, the bunad,- and were curly in their suits long before we got out the front door 😅.

When we were all dressed up, the real race started with or against the clock 🕰. I’m still not sure if it was with or against the clock 😅.

  First I had to deliver one or three cakes at the elementary school, and of course, it was difficult to find parking space, because it was not only me who delivered cakes.  Then we had to get to the village house in the village, where there would be the speeches and the children should entertain a little.  When that was finished I had to get my 3 children into the parade they were going to go with their classmates. 

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Three different places in the parade, and not always as easy to find the right place to the correct child among the ridge of people.  When the kids were finally in the right place in the parade, I had to find a place along the road so I could stand and watch them, wave to them, take a picture of them.  Then I had to get back to school, preferably before the parade came to the school.  If not, there was at new “public chaos” 😅.

At the school there were new speakers, corps playing and information about events at school.  Such events are jointly created, which means that parents from different classes were responsible for different activities.  Some sold cakes and coffee, others arranged various games, and some sold lots and tombola.  With three children in primary school and in different grades, I was almost always on one of the activities.  I either sold cakes, or arranged sack races, or spun the raffle wheel, or something else.

Fortunately, my parents were at the school events too, so I was helped to look after my children, help them, take care of them,- when I did do my “duty” as a parent on the celebration for the school events at the 17. May 🇧🇻 🎈.

When the event was finished at the elementary school, we, parents had to “clean up” the school again, throw garbage, cost the school yard – simply make the school clean and ready for new school days after a party and celebration day.  Once again, – thankfully, my parents helped me again, and took my 3 children home while I cleared away the school schedule after another May 17 celebration.

When I was done cleaning, I picked up my kids in my parents home, ate a delicious brunch that my mom had made, before heading off to the next event in the city center.  There we would watch 2 new parades, along with thousands of other people.  And I who don’t like to be at such big events with many people around me, close in close, – had it all day through May 17th.  It probably made me tired too.

When these two parades were finished we either ate at a cafe or restaurant in the center, or we went home and ate a light and tasty dinner – more sausages in bread 🌭 😊.  We often went home simply because both the kids and I were tired then – even though it was late afternoon. It was maybe 6 pm in the evening, and the day in general started at 6 am, or before.

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This was my 17. May “traditions” and “celebration” for over 10 year in Norway 🇧🇻. A tradition and celebration that was, in it’s own way, nice,- at the same time it did take my breath away 😅. It was stress, stress, stress. I’m not going to continue with this celebration, and haven’t celebrate 17. May very much during the 6 last years either. Both because I have been in Spain during the 6 last years, as well as I still have had this “rushing through the day” memory in my mind and my whole body.

If I could choose “my own celebration” for this day I have chosen to just be home, and instead invite my friends and family to my home for a nice brunch with tasty food and sweet, homemade 🇧🇻.

This year I know the celebration in Norway for the Norwegian Constitution day is different from all other years since late in the 1800s. The reason is very easy,- the world situation, the close down and the consequences of the coronavirus and Covid19.

We,- me and my children are not celebration the Norwegian Constitution day at all today. The reason is the same as in Norway, just with a bit more restrictions. We are still in phase 0 in South of Spain,- but not for very long 😊. Tomorrow we are going into phase 1 🥰. Something that means we are allowed to meet our friends and family in smaller groups in a “legal” way in our home or even at a cafe or restaurant 💛. So my suggestion to my children was that we actually can celebrate phase 1 next weekend together instead 🥂. At the moment and with the very strict restrictions, quarantine and curfew we have been living with for 2 months here in Spain, it feels for us much more natural and important to celebrate phase 1, then the Norwegian Constitution day 🥂.

Sounds maybe strange for some,- but for us it feels a bit more natural at the moment 😊.

I have no idea what will happen next 17. May, 17. May 2021 and the celebrationof that day,- no one does,- something I think most of us have been learning during the first part of 2020. Things in life and our life situations can change very fast.

I don’t know if I will get some new traditions when it comes to the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution day,- but I know I’m not going to “go back” to the old ones I had in Norway 😊. Except from one,- spending the time together with my family and friends in some or another way 🥰.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today too 🧡.

Congratulations to my family and friends in Norway with the Norwegian Constitution day today 🇧🇻. A day with a bit different celebration from what you all are use to,- but I still hope you all have a fantastic day in it’s own way 🥂🇧🇻.

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