A.J.’s Confirmation

As I have mentioned before, my eldest daughter, A.J., had her confirmation at St. Magnus Catholic Church on the second week of May. Usually, when one reaches the 10th grade, one can decide to have the sacrament of confirmation. It is not a must though. A Catholic can have their confirmation even at a later age.

Confirmation is big in Norway. It is like opening a door towards adulthood to some teens. To some, it is tradition. I would like to believe that some of them receives this sacrament because they believe in God. Unfortunately for some, their focus is on how much money they would get. 😦

 

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At Saint Magnus Catholic Church in Lillestrøm

 

 

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All in all, we had about 60 guests at home. It was a simple celebration with lots of food. Thanks to my friends who helped me prepare and who assisted me during the party. We had king crabs (Kamchatka krabber), Smoked salmon, Lumpia (Spring Rolls), Chili Scampi, Pancit (Fried Noodles), Moose Casserole (Elg Gryte), Cold Cuts (Ham, Smoked lamb meat, Salami), Herring with Onions ( Løk Sild), Danish Meat Cake, Chopseuy, Pork Barbecue and Sea food barbecue. Lots of red wine, white wine, vodka, whisky, brandy, champagne etc. Yes, I know, I should’nt serve alcohol on confirmation parties but heck, I needed an excuse to drink. heheh.

My mom, brother and aunt flew all the way from Manila just to be A.J.’s confirmation. My cousin Benneth flew from Stockholm too.

The celebration was very simple, like I said. No long speeches. Just family and some friends enjoying each others’ company. The first guest came at 1pm and the last guest left at 5pm the next day. Heheh. You can guess what happened in between.

Anyway, let me just thank Renny for being the first to greet me on my “beerday” . Thanks Renny for the wonderful sms you sent me!!!!! I appreciate it very much.

 

17th of May – Part 2

17th of May or Syttende Mai is the day that the Norwegian constitution was signed. I do not think that there is a country that celebrates their independence like the Norwegians do. They celebrate it by their display of

… nationalism…

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… colors…

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Sami or Lapps Traditional Clothing/ Romerike Costume (my district)

… music…

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… importance of family and friends…

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… lifting up children …

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I do not think that my description of the Norwegian National Day gives justice to how it really is. One must experience this festival to really grasp how it really is.

Photos taken with N73.

17th of May – Norwegian National Day

There are lots of things I would like to blog about these days. I just wish I had more than 24 hours to just sit down, relax and blog. Among the many things I would like post is the norwegian national day celebration.
One of the days of the year I am always looking forward to is the 17th of May. Kids and adults alike look forward to this day… probably to have an excuse to eat all the ice cream and hotdogs they can take. Kidding aside, it is a day of celebration, colors and nationalism.

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Barnetog – Children’s Parade in Jessheim

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John (my husband), Me in Romeriksbunad and Tatyana in Festdrakt. So why do I have a bunad (norwegian national dress) on? I inherited it from John’s aunt who inherited it from John’s grandmother. My bunad is almost 100 years old. It is very practical to have a bunad. One dress for all the formal occassions – weddings, confirmations, christening. 🙂

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If you are wondering where my eldest daughter A.J. is,she is probably with friends in this sea of people at Karl Johannsgata in Oslo. We went to Oslo on the 17th of May but we didn’t see her.

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At Akershus Fortress

You’d probably wonder why I use the Norwegian National Costume when I am filipino by birth. For 7 years now, Norway has been my home and 2 years ago, I chose to be a norwegian citizen. I was adopted by this wonderful country and I have no problem adapting to their culture. I am proud to be a filipino-norwegian. Please do not think that I have chosen to be a Norwegian citizen only for practical reasons. I love the nature here, the people, the air,the safety and most of all I love the home that we have created here. I am not saying that Norway is paradise. I oppose to a lot of political issues (which I will never discuss here) and a lot of loopholes in the system (which system doesn’t have one anyway?) but generally, it is great to live in this country.

PS. This post does not mean that I love the Philippines less.

Photos: I have my brother, Alvin, to thank for the photos 🙂