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The recipe for a fantastic 17. mai!

17. mai is a special day in Norway, and internationals often like to say that it is the day when Norwegians the most friendly and happy. How are you celebrating this year?

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Photo: Visit Oslo/Heidi Thon

If you have been in Norway for 17. mai before, your know that it is a day to look forward to. Children (and adults!) are expected to eat ice cream, listen to the marching bands, be with friends and family and eat a lot of great food (and potentially cake!).

Here is our suggested recipe for success for 17. mai

Start with imagining the most extravagant and abundant brunch table you have ever seen, and prepare food that will make friends and frienemy wish they could attend your 17. mai breakfast

+ Add a bit of red (strawberry, raspberry), white (white flowers, icing on a cake) and blue (blueberry) to the table, and it will look and feel 17. mai festive

+ Measure up drinks and non-alcoholic options, and multiply it by how many guests

+ Bring it all together with friends and family

+ Add sunshine and warm weather to the mix

+ and prepare for the evnet the day before, and you will be ready to pop the party at am in the morning.

= this will be a fantastic 17. mai, despite COVID-19!

**Keep in mind COVID-19 restrictions where you live**

Check out the 17. mai schedule where you live, here is Oslo Kommunes plan (in Norwegian).

17. mai is all about the Bunad.

And what about a 17. mai cake?

Check out North Wild Kitchen's recipe for a 17. mai cake that will impress your guests!

And the songs?

Sing along, and prepare with the 17. mai songs here (thanks NRK).

Will you celebrate on a boat this year?

Check out the Boat Parade in the Oslo Fjord


-The Constitution of Norway was passed unanimously by the Eidsvoll Assembly on 16 May 1814 and signed the next day.

- The celebrations began spontaneously among students and others from early on, but as Norway was in a union with Sweden, King Karl Johan of Sweden and Norway banned the festivities between 1820 and 1829.

- The first public address was held in 1833 by Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland, and from then on, 17 May has been celebrated as Norway’s national day.

- From 1870, the day became more established with the first children’s parade in Christiania (now Oslo), an initiative taken by the author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, who also wrote the national anthem “Ja, vi elsker dette landet”.

- All over Norway, children’s parades form the central element of the celebrations, with school marching bands and an abundance of flags.

- The longest parade is in Oslo where about 100,000 people participate in the main festivities in the city centre. The parade includes some 100 schools and passes the Royal Palace where the royal family greet everybody from the balcony. The parade is broadcast on national television.

Text from Visit Norway

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