Constitution Day

Public and national holidays in Norway National Holiday in Norway

Public and National holidays in Norway

The Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday each year on May 17..

Among Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as syttende mai (meaning May Seventeenth), Nasjonaldagen (National Day) or less commonly, Grunnlovsdagen (Constitution Day).

Norway adopted its constitution in 1814, and it is this event that is celebrated on the 17th of May.

The Norwegian parliament, held the first 17th of May celebration in 1836, and since then on the 17th of May has been regarded as the national day.

The 17th of May celebrations vary across Norway, but they all follow a traditional pattern that makes this a day centered on the children.

The highlights are the children’s processions, made up of school classes marching through the local community, led by the school band. Most children have their own small Norwegian flag to wave, and the route is lined with enthusiastic onlookers.

After the procession there are games, entertainments and film shows, and plenty of hot dogs and ice cream.

The first children’s processions were arranged in 1870. Since 1906, the Royal Family have gathered on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo to wave to the children marching by.

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