Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Norwegian Constitution Day

A bit of an informational post incoming!

Where other nations celebrate their constitution days with military parades, the Norwegian one is a day centered around freedom, equality and brotherhood - bringing the whole nation to celebrations wherever you may live. The biggest concentration to note is the one happening in Oslo; where children from all the close schools parade to the Royal Palace to wave and greet the Royal family.

A bit of history..
The Royal Palace.
So after being under Denmark and at the time Sweden, the Constitution of Norway was finally signed on May 17th, 1814. It declared Norway as an independent nation, but as the country was under Swedish rule, the Swedish king actually banned the celebrations for many years, so the celebrations didn't really go through until later.  

The well known children parades have not been there since the start though, and the first one happened in Christiania (Now: Oslo) in 1864. Only boys were allowed in. Girls were allowed first time in 1899.

If you are interested in knowing more, and perhaps how those with Norwegian roots celebrate across other countries, look at the Wikipedia page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_Constitution_Day 




18 comments:

  1. nice blog, and hey, 10 more and you also have 100 ;)

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  2. Nice read, i had no idea about this date!

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  3. Are you doing anything for Constitution Day?

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  4. That's cool; I had no idea. I guess you learn something new everyday. Thanks!

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  5. Thanks for the share. A bit of history I didn't knew. Have a nice day then! :)

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  6. people in norway look so nyce. and your party so colorful man i love it

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  7. Happy Norwegian Constitution Day indeed, they're all good people!

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  8. Awesome post man! Keep up the great blogging!

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  9. I love learning about other nations. Thank you.

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  10. My family has a lot of Norwegian ancestry.. supposedly!

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  11. nice piece of history here. thanks!

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  12. Well you certainly learn something new everyday.....happy constitution day.

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