Dear Norwegians, happy National Day!
On this date in 1814 Norway adopted it’s new Constitution. The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll, declaring Norway as independent nation
Today is Norway’s National Day. While other countries celebrate Independence Day as the most important in their history, Norwegians celebrate National Day, on May 17th. It’s also known as Constitutional Day. On this date in 1814 Norway adopted it’s new Constitution. The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll, declaring Norway as independent nation. We can say that Norway today celebrates 200 years of democracy.
The National Day is celebrated all across the Norway, with children’s parades, bands, flags, national costumes, festival services, cheerful music, singing, dancing etc. No doubt, Norwegians will celebrate and this National Day uniquely, enthusiastically as always do.
Children have very specific role in this celebration and large part of this important day is dedicated to them.
The biggest celebration is in the nation’s capital, Oslo, and the local children’s parade is the main attraction. All the city schools participate in it. The children’s parade in Oslo is the longest in Norway, and includes over 100 schools and marching bands. Typically, a school’s children parade is assembled of some senior school children who are carrying the school’s official banner, followed by other older children carrying full size Norwegian flags, and the school’s marching band.
This main children’s parade in Oslo has become a world attraction. Many visitors from all around the world come to Oslo to watch this.
This long parade marches through Oslo’s main street, Karl Johans gate, to the Royal Palace, from which’s balcony the Royal Family is standing and waving to the crowd.
This day is especially important for the school children of the municipality of Asker just outside Oslo. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit greet the children whose parade past the Royal Family’s offical residence at Skaugum.
We have to emphasise that previous tradition was that King and Queen celebrate the Constitution day at the National Theatre in Oslo, but that is changed and last few years they visit other parts of the capital and nearby communities. Today they will be at Eidswoll.
Of course, National Day is also celebrated outside Norway, in other countries where large communities of Norwegians exist.
At the end, dear Norwegians, „Gratulerer med Dagen!“