Happy belated birthday Norway

17th of May is Norway’s constitution day. This year the celebration of this was a bit different than it usually is, but there was still celebrations to be had. Our newest guidelines says that we can be up to 20 people gathered as long as we are able to keep a meter’s distance. The weather was not on our side, we had a bit of sleet and snow the days before, but this day had rain and wind. Not the best weather to be out in. I had an invite for a tapas lunch with some members of my family, so I had to get up early in the morning to get my contribution ready. We now got our car and just before seven in the morning I headed out for the events of the day.

Got up really early to make a salad for later and had ice cream for breakfast

As I play in a band 17th of May is usually filled with a lot of parades and playing. This year there was no parades, but we could go play on different places locally and everything was live streamed by the local paper. People are usually happy to see us, but this time many of them the people hearing us from their own garden and their balconies had tears in their eyes. It was quite moving to see. Especially from the older people in the nursing homes we played outside.

Was out playing without the crowds

The family gathering was lovely and after playing I had no car to think of, so I got some lovely bubbles in my glass. We ate talked and took part in the initiative from the government that everyone was to go outside to sing the national anthem at one o’clock. After that I veged out on the sofa for the reminder of the day, an felt like I would never be hungry again. So some things were just the same as they always are.

Hope you are all doing well!

38 thoughts on “Happy belated birthday Norway

  1. Happy birthday! I have only been to Norway once – I gave a presentation at the University in Copenhagen – on US television and how we produce biographies of famous people….everyone was so nice, the weather was gorgeous, and I posted a story about it called “blondes on bikes” because they were everywhere – men and women alike!

      1. I was only in Oslo for two nights…I wanted to explore more of the entire nordic region but had to go back to Copenhagen!

      2. I never took to the books of Nesbรธ. But I do read a lot of crime from Scandinavia. Adler-Olsen’s books are enjoyable

  2. Itโ€™s nice that you were able to celebrate anyway. There was a high school graduation here last night that involved more of a car parade than anything else. It was the best they could do under the circumstances.

  3. I can’t imagine syttende mai without a parade! Glad you got out to play some music. Thinking of inviting my little band to my house and play in the yard. Maybe the neighbors will enjoy it.

  4. Congratulations to the people of Norway..!! Stay happy and safe.. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
    Greetings to Norway from India.. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  5. Nice that you could still celebrate, M… and it obviously meant so much to the people who heard you play.
    Happy Birthday Norway from my part of the UK! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Happy belated birthday.I am a kenyan living in Norway and can definitely say am amazed and impressed by how you Norwegians embrace your culture and celebrate your country with a lot of passion!

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