Monday, May 17, 2010

Hip Hooray - 17th of May!!


Today, May 17th is our National Day, marking the signing of the Norwegian constitution on May 17th 1814. The day progress from salutes from the canons on Akershus fortress, to parades of children going down Oslos main street, Karl Johansgate, ending up in front of the Royal Palace where the Royal family has to spend hours greeting the young generation with their parents.

I am proud to be a descendant of one of those men that laid the foundation of the modern Norwegian democracy. My great-great grandfather, Even Thorsen, was born in 1778 and died in 1867. He was a poor farmer and sailor until he died, but left an important mark in the Norwegian military legislation.

This year I will stay in my summer home May 17th, only a 15 minute walk away from where Even Thorsen lived and died. Most other Consitutions day I have hosted a brunch where I have served good food. The condition for these brunches was that guests brought enough champagne, and they always have.

Here are a few stories from previous national celebrations here on Enjoy Food & Travel - and Happy Birthday, Norway!!

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