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Celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day 17 May

Last updated: 12.05.2016 // On the 17th of May Norway celebrates its constitution, which was signed on that date in 1814. This day is a joyful celebration for everyone, especially for the children.

Typical 17th of May traditions include children's parades, singing of songs, wearing traditional costumes called "bunad", waiving of flags and eating hotdogs and ice cream.

In Malawi, Norwegians and other Nordics will celebrate the constitution almost the same way as in Norway. This year there will be a family event on the 16th of May with hoisting of the flag, a small parade, brunch, speeches, music, games for the children and nice food. On the 17th of May there will be a formal reception at the Ambassador’s residence.

If you are interested in learning more about Norwegian May 17 traditions, please visit VisitNorway's website, where you can read about the different traditions, as well as getting a small glimpse of how Norwegians celebrate the day in Norway.

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