Norwegians celebrate their constitution day in 17th of May (also similar to Independence day). Norway adopted its constitution in 1814 and started the first 17th Mai celebration in 1836. (source: Grunnlovdagen)
In 17th of May, Norwegians fill the streets with flags, cheers and colourful dress. Usually people wear their national dress which is called bunad. This bunad dress has different style and colour and it varies from region to region.
In Trondheim, the celebration usually start early in the morning with the children parade make up from school classes and marching with the school band through the city.
In the afternoon, the citizens parade (which is called Folketoget) through the city. The citizens parade usually represents firefighters, sport teams, student associations and others.
I saw one of the famous woman handball player from Norway, Ida Alstad in the folketoget and I asked her to get picture together. Here I am with Ida Alstad 🙂
After folketoget, at 16:00, Russetoget parades through the city. Russ is a student who is in their last year in and they can be seen with red, blue or black overall . They usually give their russkort to kids and my son is busy collecting this russkort every year;-)
In addition with the parade, the streets fill with young and old, ice creams stalls, hot dogs, balloons, etc. This year I volunteer to sell balloon to gather money for my taekwondo club 🙂 I got the task to produce the balloons. We ran out of helium gas and sold out all our balloons just before 12:00 😦
Gratulerer med dagen Norge!
Hip hip hurraa!