Monday, 30 May 2011

syttende mai

One of the things i was most looking forward to on my list, was celebrating 17th Mai in Norway. Why? i hear you ask, because in Norway 17th May is a really big deal, it's the day Norwegians celebrate gaining their independence from the Danish in 1814(i think) and people really take it seriously here, it's not like england where on st George's day you see a few flags and maybe a few skinheads getting pissed in the name of our patron saint, here people don their bunads (national dress) or their smartest clothes and head out to watch parades and celebrate with family. So obviously with all this anticipation of Norwegian national pride i was very excited to go and join in the celebrations.

Despite drinking the night before, Tor Petter and I were up at the crack of dawn, getting smartened up so we could go and watch the parade in town.

Tor Petter ready for the parade.

In town we met up with Eirik and Hilde in their bunads

The Hippykids from steinerskole in thier bunads aww

People watched from their balconys
It wouldn't be bergen without some rain!
Even the brits were out!
After we watched the parade we headed back to Tor Petter's for a power nap before heading out to visit some of his family and to try some traditional food like rømmegrot (not for me eurgh)

It was a lovely day and i am so glad i was able to cross it off my list!

1 comment:

Tamsin said...

It's nice that the Norwegians really care about independence day. In this country everyone gets the day off work and stays at home, no one really cares or does anything special, apart from watching the president's party on tv