PEACEFULLY DRAMATIC AND HAPPY
We did a lot of this on Friday.
Flags in the air, let me see you wave ‘em around like you just don’t care.
Like you really, really, really care, as that is what Norwegian National Day is all about. A huge love for our country. So we did a lot of it. Proudly and enthusiastically.
…we studied with admiration all the colourful details of the National costumes, called Bunad, from all different parts of the country, as we do every year. And despite a Norwegian newspaper trying to pitch bunads up against each other to find the most beautiful of them all, we could not pick.
… and we did a lot of waiting for our girl to turn up in the parade.
She came, she passed, she waved her flag, we quickly wiped our eyes and ran to the meet up point where hundreds of excited little children would be collected by their parents.
And then… Then the skies opened and we had the most crazy downpour in history. True Norwegian style. Magnificent, dramatic and wet.
Four minutes later my camera broke down (rain?) and SUMMER decided to turn up! A beautiful, hot, sunny afternoon. True Norwegian style. Peaceful, colourful and happy.
Eventful day, in so many ways…
Did you celebrate Norway’s National Day? Does the day make you feel patriotic? If you are from a different part of the world, do you enjoy traditions where the entire country comes together in celebratory festivities? For many Norwegians the 17th May is their very favourite day of the year. Do you have a favourite?