Norway in the United States: Syttende Mai
With the big day looming I began putting together a post about this annual Constitution Day event, made even more celebratory by this marking the bicentennial of the original signing back in 1814.
Then I came across this post (here) from the Norwegian Embassy in Washington. I’ll encourage you to read through the full link, but for anyone in a rush, at least read this much of their post:
“At the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution, this year’s 17 May celebrations will be the biggest ever. If you would like to join us in the celebration, here is a list of events in New York and surrounding states.
200 years have passed since The Assembly of Eidsvoll signed the Norwegian Constitution.
When it appeared in 1814, the “Grunnlov” was a progressive document in the development of modern democracy, law and human rights. In its wake, values such as freedom of speech and gender equality became cornerstones of Norwegian politics.
Of course, the Constitution is also a powerful symbol of Norwegian independence. Click here to read more about why we celebrate the Bicentennial.
For all the above reasons, we have celebrated the Constitution Day ever since. With the Bicentennial, this year is going to be something special. Here are some of the places you can put on your “bunad” and have a taste of Norwegian culture and heritage on Saturday, May 17.
See also: Info page for 17th of May celebrations planned throughout the U.S. this year.”
Earlier this year a contest was held in Norway to select a song for the bicentennial celebrations. The winner was selected, and the song has now been shared around the world. Even though you won’t understand the words (or maybe you WILL!) take a listen (here) and you’ll recognize the pride and independence in their voices.
While I’m in Stoughton this weekend I’ll be keeping an ear open for this song, along with other traditional songs, dancing, and displays. For more examples of what you’ll find in Stoughton this weekend, like their Facebook page, here.