On 17 May of every year, an entire country takes a holiday to go out onto the streets and take part in parades, bands, marching and general celebration.
If you happen to be in Norway, then you cannot help but be affected by the music, the rosy-cheeked smiles, the traditional costumes, the joy…
Now, if you ask them what they are celebrating, they will tell you that they are celebrating their National Day. The day they became an independent nation.
Independent from Sweden, no less. That’s right, Norway used to be under Swedish rule once upon a time… (But, hey, let’s not mention that again. OK?)
And although the Norwegians will insist that they are celebrating syttende mai (17 May); celebrating their independence…
… they are not.
What they are really celebrating is my (and Sir Pe’s) wedding anniversary!
So, thank you Norway, for all the music, cheering and celebration… we appreciate it.
Let’s make a date to do it all over again next year!