May 17 is unarguably the BIGGEST day of celebration in Norway and for Norwegians (and for lovers of Norway) worldwide.. Although it’s officially the day that Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden after 400 years of rule, it’s also the day that the Norwegian Constitution was signed 204 years ago this year in Eidsvoll, Norway.
But what can we do out here to show our national pride? Norway is a long way away! Here’s some tips:
Norwegians have never been backward about showing their national pride through waving the Norwegian flag – it’s a staple of any May 17 – whether it’s a march through the streets, a lunch, a dinner or casual drinks. Show your Norwegian pride by putting a Norwegian flag on your desk at work, wearing a Norwegian flag lapel pin, or decking out your dinner table with miniature Norwegian flags!
If you’re fortunate enough to own your own Bunad (Norwegian national costume), Hurra! There are many variations on the National costume depending on where in Norway you’re from – and with such a beautiful costume, it’s a great day to show off! If you work in an office and you’re able to, wear your Bunad to work on May 17 – it’s a great way to show off your heritage and makes for an excellent conversation starter with your colleagues.
Every year, the Australian Norwegian Student Association (ANSA) hosts a May 17 march through the streets of Brisbane, followed by music and entertainment at the QUT Botanic Gardens in Brisbane City. This is a great opportunity to wear your Bunad if you have one, or simply to dress up in red, white and blue and wave a Norwegian flag!
Food is an integral part of May 17 worldwide. We think the best way to start the day is with some delicious Norwegian waffles – but if you’re like many of us in Australia, May 17 is extremely important – but so is your job. The Norwegian Club of Queensland hosts a magnificent May 17 luncheon on the Sunday following May 17 (this year, the luncheon will be on May 20). This is another outstanding opportunity to get some flag-waving, Bunad-wearing and socialising in with other Norwegians and friends of Norway. There will be singing, magic and some delicious food at the Sofitel hotel – and all are welcome.