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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sittende Mai - Seventeenth of May

Happy Constitution Day Norway!!!!

The Dinner Dance...

Friday night was the dinner dance for the Sittende Mai celebration. It was a nice dinner - salmon or London broil - followed by some wonderful Norwegian sweets.

One of the guests was sporting a fabulous clutch purse - a sequined Norwegian flag purse. I love it!

The speaker for the evening was Bard Thorheim, First Secretary, Political department, Norwegian Embassy.

The Picnic...

The Celebration continued on Sunday with the annual Sittende Mai Picnic and parade. The weather reports sounded a bit threatening, but thankfully, the thunderstorms held off until the festivities were over!

I just love the beautiful bunads!

The speaker for the picnic was Defense Attache Rear Admiral Trond Grytting from the royal Norwegian Embassy. It was a short speech, but reiterated the joy and happiness of this occasion - the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution. (In Norway, the kids get out of school to celebrate...too bad they didn't do that here when I was growing up!)

The speech was followed by the traditional parade - many folks wearing bunads or the colors of the Norwegian flag while we marched carrying the Norwegian flag.

Music for the festival was provided by the Rockville Brass Band.

I kept quite busy after the parade as our Sons of Norway Lodge was hosting the picnic - cooking the hot dogs, serving, and pouring the beverages. It was a lot of fun! Meanwhile, DH was staying cool underneath a tree - keeping out of the way of the hoards of Norwegians!

Of course, no Norwegian festivity would be complete without a peek at the Lindehunds! They are so cute! Three of them are on one leash - how cool is that?


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