Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) 17th Of May 2019 : How Norway Celebrates National Holiday?

Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) 2019 : How Norway Celebrates National Holiday?

                 Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai), 17th Of May Independence Day 2019: Norwegian Constitution Day, 17th Of May or Independence Day is the national day of Norway and it is celebrated every year on May 17. The day is also an official public holiday. In the middle of Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as syttende mai which literary means “seventeenth May”. They also refer the day with other names such as Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) or Grunnlovsdagen (The Constitution Day), although the latter is less frequent.

When is Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) 2019?

Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) 2019 : How Norway Celebrates National Holiday?

This year in 2019, the Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai) is going to be celebrated on Friday, 17th May 2019.

17th Of May; Norwegian Constitution Day History

The Constitution of Norway was signed in the year 1814 at Eidsvoll on May 17. The constitution professed Norway to be an independent territory in an effort to escape being surrendered to Sweden after Denmark–Norway’s shattering defeat in the Napoleonic Wars.

The celebration of this day was started suddenly among the students and others from early on. On the other hand, Norway at that time was in a union with Sweden and for a few years, the King of Sweden and Norway were unwilling to let the festivities. For a few years all through the 1820s, King Karl Johan, in fact, banned it, considering that the celebrations like this were, in fact, a sort of protest and disrespect and even revolt in contradiction of the union.

The king’s outlook got changed after the Battle of the Square in the year 1829, an event which leads in such an uproar that the king had to let celebrations on the day. It was, on the other hand, not until the year 1833 that public speeches were held, and official festivity was started near the monument of former government minister Christian Krohg, who had spent much of his political life restriction the individual power of the ruler. The address was held by Henrik Wergeland and was carefully witnessed and accounted for by an informer send out by the king himself.

Norwegian Constitution Day/Independence Day Celebration

The celebration of the day started early for adults with a 7 am champagne breakfast, usually also consist of scrambled eggs, salmon as well as fresh loaves of bread, in advance celebrators, hit the streets in order to revel in the marches, games and inspiring public speeches.

Women on this day wear the customary attires of their ancestors; while on the other hand, the men on this day are more reserved, usually go for their best suits and an occasional top hat.

On the other side, talking about the royal family; on this celebration, they spend the day waving to party-goers from the Royal Palace balcony in Oslo, previously walking through the capital’s parks to welcome and greet all the well-wishers.

The nation’s biggest parade passes through Oslo city center and is usually involved of as many as 1,00,000 people.

The shops on this day may possibly be closed but alcohol, on the other hand, will be available in large quantity.

Children in specific enjoy the Constitution Day as they are usually given carte blanche to eat as well as ice cream and waffles, cakes and hot dogs as many as they like and want.

Norway Independence Day 17th Of May 2019 Quotes Wishes Messages-

Norway or Switzerland are two marvelous countries, I very much admire, the most advanced countries in the world in fact with great qualities of life. -Jose Manuel Barroso

We have a high standard of living. … In Norway, we’ve tripled our income since 1970. In the rest of western Europe, income has merely doubled. -Jens Stoltenberg, interview in Torgrim Eggen

If there is anyone who still wonders why this war is being fought, let him look to Norway. If there is anyone who has any delusions that this war could have been averted, let him look to Norway; and if there is anyone who doubts the democratic will to win, again I say, let him look to Norway. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Right now I would rank Norway as the largest country in the world, I have never seen anything like it -Jonas Gahr

Yes, we love this country, as it rises, furet, weathered over the water, with the thousand homes. -Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

When we sing “Yes, we love this country,” we must remember that we are also singing about each other. For it is we who make up the country. -Barack Obama

My greatest hope for Norway is that we will be able to take care of one another. That we will continue to build this country – on a foundation of trust, fellowship and generosity of spirit. That we will feel that we are – despite our differences – one people. That Norway is one.

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