In Norway we celebrate our National Day at May 17. Children in kindergarten and in elementery school practice the weeks before for the big parade. All over Norway, children's parades with an abundance of flags form the central elements of the celebration. The longest parade is in Oslo, where some 100,000 people travel to the city centre to participate in the main festivities.
The massive Oslo parade includes some 100 schools, marching bands, and passes the royal palace where the royal family greet the people from the main balcony. During the parade a marching band will play and the children will sing lyrics about the celebration of the National Day.
It is also common for Norwegians living abroad to gather and celebrate. In some countries, typically where the population of Norwegian expatriates is small, the Norwegian embassy or the diplomats' spouses arrange the event. So if you are interested in the celebration, please come and join us in one of our embassies. Then you get the opportunity to taste some of our traditional meals that we usually eat this day: hotdog, "bløtekake", open sandwiches, soft ice cream - in some part in Norway we even serve "lutefisk".
Read more about my favorite recepi at Homemade by Restaurantdronningen