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 …


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.

11 Replies to “17th of May – Part 2”

  1. Nino – yes, only with my phone 🙂

    Ethel – Thanks! Have a nice week ahead!

    Sidney – He doesn’t have one. It is also very expensive!

  2. Look at those costumes! Aren’t they the bomb?

    Anyhoo, your photos are just fawesome! Did you take ’em with just your phone?

  3. Renny – I think it is a wonderful that Norway celebrates 17th of May like this. Every year, I look forward to it.

    Raquel – The costumes are used on formal occasions and very practical I should say. One do not need to buy clothes all the time.

    Expat – my photos do not do justice to the real celebration.

    ZJ – It is a wonderful celebration! 🙂

    Toraa – 🙂 Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill.
    (Richard Aldington)

    I get what you mean! 🙂

  4. AL, once again beautiful photos from May 17.
    I’m not sure what you mean by “nationalisme”. For me it’s more “patriotisme” – if you see the difference.

  5. Hello Al.
    Wow, ang ganda naman ng costumes at ng celebration niyo – very colorful!

  6. I love all the photos Al!

    Do they wear this costumes on occasional basis only?

    Sa pinas kase, wala ng nag a-attire ng Maria Clara, sa mga presentation nalang.

  7. You really hit the nail on the head here Al. This is what 17th of May are in Oslo and your document it really god. Like I said in my note; it is nationalism, but in an including way and most of all we empowering the children.

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